by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
It’s always hard to separate the truth from the hype on most manufacturer’s websites. This is just as true on the cochlear implant websites. Each site touts their product as being the latest and the greatest and the one that incorporates the latest technology, blah, blah, blah.
Thus it is always nice to have an independent person evaluate the features of the various cochlear implants and give a (reasonably) unbiased opinion of them.
This has been lacking for cochlear implants since Jim Ellis compiled his cochlear implant comparison chart back in 2007. (No longer in existence.) Now, that is changed.
Thanks to Rachel Chaikof, you can print out an up-to-date 13-page comparison of the latest Cochlear (Nucleus), Advanced Bionics and Med-El cochlear implants that she compiled and has posted at Cochlear Implant Online. She apparently updates this report fairly regularly. Her last report was updated on February 15, 2011 so it should be current.
You can view Rachel’s cochlear implant comparison report here then click on the download link.