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Building the Gift of Sound - How Cochlear Implants are Made

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 By Ali Kashen

Cochlear implants are small, yet incredibly intricate and sophisticated devices. As Class III medical devices, they are also stringently regulated and scrutinized. Needless to say, manufacturing a cochlear implant is no simple process. We caught up with Ali Kashen, AB’s Vice President of Global Operations, to tell us about how his team creates each one of AB’s implants and sound processors.

Cochlear Implant Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 By Michelle Leach

Before having cochlear implant surgery, you may have questions about what to expect for the surgery, recovery, and initial activation of the cochlear implant. Hundreds of thousands of people have undergone the procedure all around the world, and it is natural to experience a wide range of emotions, including the anxiety that may accompany any medical procedure and the fear of the unknown. Surgery is a necessary, but brief, part of the process, and the more you know about cochlear implant surgery and recovery, the more comfortable you will be with the process. Here are some frequently asked questions about cochlear implant surgery and recovery.

I’m Getting Cochlear Implants: What Should I Ask My Surgeon?

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 By Doug Lynch

You or your family member is a candidate for cochlear implants. It’s an exciting time, and it may come with some confusion or worries. Having a productive conversation with your surgeon is an important way to clarify any uncertainty and address any concerns. The best way to do that is to come to your appointment with your surgeon with your questions written down.

How to Determine the Cost of a Cochlear Implant for You

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 By Rochelle Wyatt

One of the most commonly asked questions about cochlear implants is about how much they cost. Oftentimes, the assumption is that since hearing aids are so expensive, cochlear implants must be even more so. The assumptions and confusions are also fueled by the fact that finding a straightforward answer to the question is much harder than a simple Google search.

How to choose a cochlear implant if you are a music lover

Wed, 8 Apr 2020 By Michelle Leach

Leo Tolstoy said that “music is the shorthand of emotion.“ Listening to music is a universal experience that requires no shared understanding of words or language, and it can stimulate a full range of emotions such as joy, sadness, fear, excitement, and nostalgia.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

Thu, 12 Mar 2020 By Julia Biedenstein, MS, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Treatments for hearing loss have come a long way in the past 25 years. But one thing that has not changed is that the two most successful options for treating hearing loss continue to be hearing aids and cochlear implants. These two solutions help people hear in very different ways.