Actually, I think it’s more like, “All My Husband Wants for the New Year”….
There a very new version of the cochlear processor that has recently come out. The sound quality is supposed to be better–like tremendously better–and get this…it’s connected to the iPhone which is amazing – as well as smaller and lighter than the current processor which I feel is big and bulky. For more information, you can check it out here.
Honestly, I have no idea whether or not it’d be any better than what I have now.
But, here’s what I do know. My husband gets frustrated with me–he feels that I’m not hearing as well as I used to–or that I’m purposely ignoring him. Like an old person, I feel like I’m hearing just fine, nothing’s changed. I have to admit that I have noticed that I’m having trouble following group conversations and seem more overwhelmed with noise. I’m not sure if the quality has gone down–it’s extremely possible–if you think about it–the quality of computers, cell phones, cameras do decrease. The processor that I have is about 7 years old. That’s pretty old if you think in terms of technology.
Here’s what I don’t like about the current processor. It came with a remote control to allow me to “control” sounds. Seriously, who wants to carry a remote control around?? And, you have to charge it as well. With the newest version, it’s connected to the iPhone. That’s something I can carry around at all times, just like a teenager.
How did this come about? My husband is big on technology–for lack of better words–a techie freak. He’s always tinkering with old and new technology. Don’t believe me? Check out his office, wires everywhere, parts and pieces, computers taken apart. Here’s the irony, he truly loves all things vintage from record players to VW buses BUT prefers the newest computers, TVs and heck, even remote controls. He’d been asking if there was a newer version out yet. Actually, he’d check the website every now and then to see if the newest one is available. You can see for yourself below:
Lo and behold, one day, I got a letter from Cochlear Americas that informed me that the newest one had come out! As I read the brochure to my husband, you could see it in his eyes the excitement (h was way, way more excited about it than I was). I explained to him that they’re very expensive. The last I had heard was that each one was at least $8,000, yes, each one. Yikes, that’s $16,000!!!
“But, because I love you, I think you’re worth it. Give me the paper and I’ll call them tomorrow,” he spoke excitedly.
He spent a long time talking with Cochlear Americas. Turns out it was now at least $12,000 each!!! Yikes. He told me, “But wait. Let me call the insurance company to find out.” My husband is probably one of the most relentless person I’ve ever met who truly believes that there’s always a better cost. He spent a long time figuring out a way to make it work for us. Thanks to insurance, they will pay up to 90% after deductibles.
Stay tuned for the experience. 🙂
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