and let’s be honest. A CI is a big improvement over being deaf or having a profound hearing loss and catching maybe 50% of what’s being said. But there are some other concerns/hurdles a CI represents and should also be factored in before getting one. Now I admit I’m not up to speed on where CI stand today or the last few years but I think these few issues below should also be factored in before getting a CI.
As far as I know the CI involves a magnet (or something) that insures the outer transmitter properly connects with the internal antenna and receiver. Not if you’re an active person I can tell you point blank, your CI will come off or apart if you move your head quickly. Not the biggest issue in the world but I assume running or any sudden head movement could present (short term) connection problems. Don’t know about biking, hiking, use in canoe, etc., should you fall in water.
Swimming, shower - I’m assuming certain procedures need to be followed to do either. I don’t think you can just take off your exterior transmitter and take a shower, but assume you have to wear something over head to keep things dry.
Battery charging. You will have to charge batteries every day and have backups. No big but I’m sure everyone from time to time gets caught with a CI with a dead battery. Last I heard you could keep a battery charge 14 to 16 hours but that might of been extended.
Infection - I don’t know percentage of CI’s that have had issues with ear/skull, etc. infections but it does happen. I’m also think most people that get some kind of infection can get it cleared up fairly quickly but make not?
Lastly - Due to the limited field of CI manufactures you only have a few you can choose from. Many years back a few of CI manufactures had legal and financial problems due to defective CI. I believe the situation now is a lot better but it still seems from year to year someone (manufacturer) drops out to be replaced by someone else. From what I gather your doctor with provide the array of CI companies, but the “user” is the one that has to select.
Bottom line - in many cases if not all, the last choice someone has to hear better (in quiet environment) is a CI. But just remember your lifestyle will change once you start using one beyond just hearing.