Frequently Asked Questions...

How do cochlear implant systems differ from hearing aids?


Hearing aids are designed to amplify sound, but often this is not enough to make it any clearer or easier to understand for people with severe or profound hearing loss. Cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of the ear, sending sound directly to the hearing nerve, where it’s relayed to the brain. Most cochlear implant recipients demonstrate improvement in their ability to understand speech, even in noisy environments, compared to hearing aid wearers.




Is my child a candidate for a cochlear implant?


If your child failed a newborn hearing screening test and still struggles to hear with hearing aids, they may be a candidate for cochlear implants. Download our free eBook to learn more about cochlear implants and schedule a free no-obligation free consultation with our AB professionals to determine whether cochlear implants are the right choice to treat your child’s hearing loss. Click here and fill out the form above to take advantage of this offer.




Am I a candidate for a cochlear implant?


If you are struggling to hear with hearing aids, you may be a candidate for cochlear implants. Download our free eBook to learn more about cochlear implants and schedule a free no-obligation free consultation with our AB professionals to determine whether cochlear implants are the right choice to treat your child’s hearing loss. Click here and fill out the form above to take advantage of this offer.




Should I get cochlear implants in both ears?


Depending on candidacy and healthcare coverage, people with hearing loss sometimes get both ears implanted at the same time. This is called “simultaneous implantation,” and it’s done to achieve bilateral hearing (hearing in both ears). Others opt for a second implant at a later date (sequential implantation), after first experiencing life with only one implant for a while.
Bilateral hearing is the way normal hearing works and offers several advantages over unilateral hearing (hearing with one ear), including better sound localization (the ability to better locate the direction from which sound is coming) and improved hearing in noisy environments.* Schedule a free consultation with our AB professionals to learn more. *Koch DB, Soli SD, Downing M, Osberger MJ. Simultaneous bilateral cochlear implantation prospective study in adults. Presentation at the American Neurology Society, San Diego, California, 24 April 2007.




Can I have a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other?


You or your child may continue to wear a hearing aid in the non-implanted ear. Continuing to use your hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear may help you to hear better in noisy environments*, as well as assist in localizing sound. This solution, known as bimodal hearing, can be substantially beneficial. Schedule a free consultation with our AB professionals to learn more about using both technologies for optimum hearing performance. *Gifford RH, Davis TJ, Sunderhaus LW, Driscoll CLW, Fiebig P, Micco A, Dorman MF. (2015). A within-subjects comparison of bimodal hearing, bilateral cochlear implantation, and bilateral cochlear implantation with bilateral hearing preservation: High-performing patients. Otol Neurotol. 36(8):1331-7. PMID: 26164443




How well will I hear with a cochlear implant?


Every person’s journey to hearing is as unique as the details of every person’s hearing loss. Your or your child’s hearing experience with cochlear implants is dependent upon a number of biological factors, including:

  • Age when hearing loss began
  • Length of hearing loss
  • Age at implantation
  • The health of the inner ear
  • Other medical conditions that could affect hearing
It’s important to understand that better hearing through a cochlear implant is a process, not an instant fix. Just as those with normal hearing had to learn to hear as children, so too must you or your child learn to hear again – with a cochlear implant. Cochlear implant recipients should expect to make continual progress. How much progress and how rapidly you progress depends on three factors: (1) the technology used, (2) individual biology, and (3) the learning and practice after implantation. Advanced Bionics uses the most cutting-edge technology and offers comprehensive support and education to help you or your child get the most out of the journey to hearing. Schedule a free consultation with our AB professionals to learn more.




Is AB’s cochlear implant system a good choice for those with vision and dexterity issues?


AB is a good choice for those with vision and dexterity issues. With easy-to-change power options that slide on quickly, AB’s behind-the-ear sound processor is comfortable and convenient. AB's operating system technology automatically adapts to the environment, just like a normal-hearing ear, so there’s no need to continually make adjustments. An AB cochlear implant system is the ideal solution for those who are seeking to regain the confidence that comes with hearing their best.




Cochlear implant technology seems to advance rapidly. Should I wait for newer technology?


AB understands that nobody wants to go through the process of receiving a cochlear implant only to discover that a better model is available a few months later. When you choose a cochlear implant system from AB, you benefit from superior internal technology now and external upgradeability for the future so that your hearing advances as technology does - without the need for additional surgery. With an AB cochlear implant system, you can enjoy tomorrow’s advanced technology with today’s implant.




What is the implantation surgery like?


Cochlear implantation is relatively simple and minimally invasive. In most cases, implantation can be done on an outpatient basis. The procedure itself typically takes two to four hours, with additional time in the preparation and recovery areas because the implantation is done under general anesthesia.
Schedule a free consultation with us to learn more.




Can I or my child get an MRI with a cochlear implant?


Yes. AB’s HiRes™ Ultra 3D cochlear implant* is designed to be safe for MRI scans. In fact, it won the prestigious Medtech Breakthrough Award 2019 for Best Overall Medical Device Solution for its MRI-friendly design. MRI scans are becoming more and more commonplace. However, these scans can be painful for CI recipients with older technology. Many recipients have to have surgery to remove the implant before the MRI, and yet another to put the implant back in afterwards. Beside the pain and the hassles, it also means a long period of time without hearing. The special design of the HiRes Ultra 3D cochlear implant from AB means no pain or discomfort during an MRI, because it does not need to be taken out, and you can treat the scan like any other medical examination. The only thing that you have to do to get an MRI is to take off the sound processor and put it back on afterwards. *Please contact your local AB representative for regulatory approval and availability in your region.





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