A series of recipient stories about their
journeys to hearing with AB

As you consider beginning your own personal journey to hearing—or guiding a child or loved one on theirs—hearing from others who have already taken those steps can be invaluable.

These are some of the thousands of stories AB recipients and their loved ones have to share about their experiences with hearing loss, their decision to embrace cochlear implant technology, and the many joyous ways their lives have changed as a result.

Jim’s Story

As Jim’s hearing loss affected his personal and professional life more and more, the methods he used to cope became more and more exhausting. His new AB cochlear implant strengthened his relationships, saved his career, and brought back sounds he hadn’t heard in decades…

“My ability to communicate has taken massive steps forward.”

Jim's Story - Journey to Hearing

Aria’s Story

When they learned their daughter, Aria, had hearing loss, Bruce and Donna were heartbroken to realize she had never heard the songs they had sung to her every night. AB technology has allowed them to share their love of music with her—and open up a future filled with possibilities.

“She’s just taken off, like a rocket.”

Aria's Story - Journey to Hearing

Barbara and Pati’s Story

After meeting at a support group, Pati appreciated the experience and advice Barbara could share about coping with hearing loss while raising a young family. But it was Pati’s experiences after embracing AB technology that prompted Barbara to make the life-changing decision to finally receive a cochlear implant.

“I said, ‘You can hear that?’ She said, 'Yes,' and I thought, ‘I’ve got to have one of these!’”

Barbara and Pati's Story - Journey to Hearing

Learn about the Hiresolution Bionic Ear System

Insurance Reimbursement services will help you navigate the process.

Start the Journey

Take the next step to hearing your world.

Online Forum

AB recipients, their families, and friends know the comfort sharing their stories can provide.


That’s why they have made the premier online forum to chat, laugh, learn, and swap stories about hearing loss and cochlear implants.


Many also volunteer for AB’s Connect to a Mentor program, to provide one-on-one advice and support for people considering cochlear implants.


To learn more, join in and get connected at


Your local Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist (CICS) is available to answer any of the technical and clinical questions you may have about cochlear implant technology. These dedicated hearing healthcare professionals bring years of experience and a deep commitment to helping people living with hearing loss.

Bionics Ear Association

The Bionic Ear Association (BEA™) is a community of recipients, candidates and professionals who connect to promote the benefits and optimal use of cochlear implants and Advanced Bionics technology.