Gimme one reason
I’m working on a long post about my CI evaluation (in short: good news, I qualify!) but in the meantime…if anyone has any insights, good or bad, to share about the CI company they went with, factors they wish they had considered or what has turned out to be the most important thing to you, and especially if you have upgraded your processor and how that went…please share them in the comments!
I’m now at the point where I have to choose a company and it’s making me crazy. 🙂
Originally I was leaning towards Advanced Bionics. I like the accessories they have, the look of the processor, and they sound like they’re doing a lot of work toward future upgrades. However, I took a peek at their website regarding upgrades to their newest processor for people who have older models. It really concerns me that people with models as recent as 2001 can’t upgrade (yet). I realize they are working on an upgrade for those folks, but the FAQ they provided made it sound like the upgrade wouldn’t really be much different sound-wise than what they already have.
I don’t want to be in that position 7 years from now.
Cochlear seems to have a really good track record for backwards compatibility. I’ve read more than once that people who received their implants 20 years ago can use the current technology. That is really important to me.
So both companies have benefits, it seems. I know that I’ve read stories from people who have implants both from AB and from Cochlear and they all seem thrilled with what they’ve got. I don’t have too much doubt that whatever company I go with, I’ll be happy with the immediate results. I’m just looking down the road to when I don’t have the newest and greatest processor on the market.
I also have to make a decision on simultaneous bilateral CI’s because that’s what they are recommending for me. I’m not sure the insurance company will approve it but I do have to go in for another visit with the doctor, so he can explain the recovery period and the differences between surgery for one ear and surgery on both at the same time. If anyone has had simultaneous bilateral surgery and would like to share their experience, I’m all ears! (pun intended)
I’ll be back with a longer post soon, but in the meantime…help! Someone make this decision for me! 🙂