Another May 31st mentoring experience

This is a continuing of yesterday and the day before email exchange between myself and a CI candidate…Before I carry on with the exchange, I would like to invite you to take a quick survey which can be found here about choosing CIs.

And also don’t forget about the BEA Social this Saturday….

Buffalo Rochester BEA Social

When: Saturday, June 6, 2009, 11am-1pm
Where: Darien Lake State Park, Shelter #2, 10289 Harlow Rd, Darien Center, NY 14040

RSVP to Katie Peter at or 877 335 0899
Please do be sure to bring a picnic lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided!

And now for the continuation of the mentoring experience….


    Dear Sam…you have been so helpful to me…I got all my information from the 3 packets they gave me at Dr. (name removed to protect the innocent) office…and I have been going over and over them…it does however seem that the majority of the implant receipients listed in the BHSC Directory have chosen either Advanced Bionics or Cochlear and only about 6 have chosen Med-El….I will have the surgery done by Dr. (name removed to protect the innocent) and I am very close to setting up the date with him (that is why I need to make my decision now)….the stats that you have forwarded to me are very impressive…. is the implant you got the Harmony HiResolution Bionic Ear System??? I have that packet here… is it different from the Clarion???.my husband is hoping I will call the Doctor on Monday and get the ball rolling…we live in Florida during the winter months so I need to proceed soon and have been looking into all these implants since last October and saw Dr. D. when I returned back here in May about 2 weeks ago…so once I decide I will anxiously look forward to stepping into this journey…thanks for all your insight…I will keep you posted…(name removed to protect the innocent)


Hi (name removed to protect the innocent),
Yes, it is the Harmony HiResolution system. The Clarion is an older generation cochlear implant made by Advanced Bionics and then it became the Auria and then the Harmony. When you are implanted with the internal piece that comes with the Harmony, you will be assured that it will work with future generations of the processor. If you are still unsure about which device you are considering, please let me know what your concerns are and I will do my best to address them. I will tell you that from my experience, I am extremely happy with the AB device and the best part is I’ve been connected with other AB users. I don’t think I would have gotten that level of support with the other brands. Please try to come to next week! I would love to meet you and your husband.

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