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47% score based on 3 reviews
Release Date: 24 May 2013
|Advanced Bionics Naída CI Q70 Processor|
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Honest review. Being clear, this is a review of the Advanced Bionics Naida Q70 cochlear implant not their hearing aid. All comments and checks below are based on that. NOTE: I've never heard of feedback from an implant. In my limited experience, there shouldn't be any. I saw mixed results with understanding/processing music when researching (pre-surgery). Music is gone for me and when it's even background, it's annoying. I must walk away from waiting rooms when "music" is on. I don't wear it when going shopping. The processed sound in my case is too mechanical. While there is a t-coil setting to program, I was told by an audiologist with a great deal of experience it doesn't help. So, there is no "clear and natural sound." Comfort will depend on surgery results an how one can adapt or not to the CI. It is a problem for me. Since I have returned over a handful of processors in just several years without explanation of failure for them (there is a general explanation on the internet about moisture issues but I see no where where this was resolved). I also returned numerous components (some, in retrospect, were because I didn't know how the part should work) but some - too many - were valid. I've seen others who may not post here but they are saying the same thing. I will be making a decision as to whether I will be able to keep wearing it because I know around the corner, there will be another failure and another expense. My choice may be to remain deaf and this has far reaching implications. I am getting advice outside the implant world as to how to proceed. Enough people on the internet mention (and I agree) AB is fast to load you up with replacement parts. The problem we have is they're replacement parts, not necessarily diagnosed and fixed. So, how long will the replacement last? If I had a choice, I would have the implant removed. After returning parts and disputing things that occurred for too long, I'm beyond tired of this. I will continue to pursue (and likely be told I can't) changing brands and this brings its own risks. I primarily wear it at night these days.
Even after a number of mappings (going to an audiologist and having the frequency/volume adjusted), my "processed hearing" is horrible. It's distorted, I can't listen to music, and keep the CI turned off in waiting rooms or anyplace that plays music. Using the phone is rare because of the lack of clarity. Consequently, I answer the phone only if I know the person knows my situation. In my situation, this has been a bad move. If I could do it over again, I wouldn't. I don't want to negate those who have had a successful experience. I just have no real idea of how many of those positive experiences there are. I'll make a few of cautions, if I may. 1. Ensure there are your brand CI audiologistS (capitalized on purpose) near you. You may have to go out of state. 2. Check out yearly maintenance costs. 3. Be very careful going on the CI-brand discussion websites for information. CI-controlled sites may be unbalanced in their favor (I landed on a couple - they're selling an expensive product and they're only 3 companies in the US). 4. Understand it may take a long time to get used to the new type of "hearing" and it may not happen. Best of luck.
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