Since when is free better than “getting your money’s worth”?

I received a very interesting email today from someone associated with a competitor of my CI manufacturer, Cochlear Americas. The email wanted to pass along some information on their newest listening rehabilitation program. Click here for the press release.

What is so amazing about this email? It doesn’t mention that this “listening rehabilitation program” costs money….$99 to boot. NOW, why would I pay $99 for something I can get for free? Check it out! Its right here…the Advanced Bionics Listening Room. Not only is the Listening Room free but it is constantly updated…something you won’t get from a CD.

And on top of all this, I don’t think you will find anything better for practice than books on tape (or CD). Just make sure you get the unabridged version. Oh, and yes…that is free too!

4 comments for “Since when is free better than “getting your money’s worth”?

  1. Tom
    April 29, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Thanks, Sam! You have reminded us of yet another reason why Advanced Bionics has the absolute best support for CI recipients, in addition to being the most advanced cochlear implant system in the world! Tom Hannon : Deaf 2006 : CI-Borg 2007 : Luminoid 2008

  2. Colin
    May 14, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Hi Sam,
    Nice site you have here….. and how true your comment.
    I have another brand of bi-lateral cochlear implant. Click on my link to see.
    I became suddenly deaf following ototoxic antibiotics’. Many and varied have been my experiences in less than two years from perfect normal hearing.
    Unfortunately we do not have access to Advanced Bionics way down her in New Zealand. I think they spoil you guy’s rotten!
    Kind regards

  3. May 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Jim…it is really not a question of trying it. What is available for free is sufficient.

  4. Jim Eaves
    May 14, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Hi Sam,

    Have you tried it? It really isn’t fair to judge something you haven’t tried. It is actually a very good, structured, learning experience. It was worth the money to me.

    Best regards,


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