We drove up and saw our audiologist for the first time since we were approved for surgery. We ordered the CI. We decided to go with the Advanced Bionics for a number of reasons. We like the t-mic feature, we love that it is right in the ear, just like normal hearing. We love the HiRes Fidelity 120, we are very excited for Miss Kat to get that. We also like that each of the electrodes has an individual power source, and it has a wider window of sound capture. We like the battery indicator light, and the fact that we just have to flip a switch to change MAPs. We also like that it has the fastest stimulation rate for the auditory nerve. Oh, and did I mention, it was the cutest!!
The only con we are worried about with the AB is the failure rate. It is significantly higher than Cochlear, but we feel like it was a fluke (with supplier b) and that it has been resolved. We are very happy with our choice.
We have ordered this processor:
Our audiologist AND speech therapist both mentioned a strange pattern they have noticed, after we chose our device. They mentioned (separately)that they have noticed certain personality traits with the parents that chose AB. The audiologist said that he has seen a strong correlation between AB and Mac users! The therapist said that when she worked in Seattle, all her computer programmer parents ALWAYS choose AB. I have also noticed that the moms I get along with all seem to choose AB....interesting......