For those patients that are only entitled to one cochlear implant (currently adults in the UK) some of the cochlear implant manufacturers offer what is known as a ‘bimodal solution’. This means the cochlear implant can work with some specific models of hearing aids in the opposite ear. We recommend carrying on using a hearing aid in the other ear if possible. The bimodal option may be useful to you if you still have some useful hearing on the ear which is not implanted. Some of the hearing aids are available on the NHS and some are only available if purchased privately. USAIS is currently only able to support the bimodal option available for Advanced Bionics.
Please speak to USAIS about what options may be available for you.
The Phonak Naída Link is a hearing aid designed to work together with the Naida Q90 processor. You can stream audio and telephone calls to both ears via the Compilot and adjust the settings on both devices to give a more ‘synchronised sound’.
If your hearing levels are not suitable for a Naida Link hearing aid, then a Naida Link CROS is another option. This can send signals from that side to your Naida CI. You would then benefit from hearing sound from both sides.
GNReSound Enzo 3D is a ‘made for iPhone’ hearing aid. You can stream music or telephone calls from compatible Apple devices and also use an App to alter volume, programs and settings on both the hearing aid and processor. This is currently only available if purchased privately.
If you do not have an Apple device you can still stream audio and phone calls to the hearing aid and processor using Cochlear wireless devices.
|Currently no Bimodal solution available|
Naida Link hearing aid only
Phonak Wireless Accessories stream audio directly to both the hearing aid and cochlear implant processor at the same time such as DuoPhone.
Naída (Naida CI and Naida Link) devices are able to share sound signals with each other. This means, when one ear picks up a clearer signal, it can send that better sound to the other device, so you hear the clearer sound in both ears. This may allow you to hear better in some challenging situations.
|Danalogic iFit CS91W is an older generation of GNResound hearing aid that is able to stream audio and telephone calls from any of the Cochlear wireless devices (giving streamed sound to both ears simultaneously). It is not able to use the made for iPhone technology.|
|The Naida Link hearing aid and Naida Link CROS comes in matching colours to the Naida CI (except Princess Pink and Caribbean Pirate).||The GN reSound hearing aids comes in matching colours to the Cochlear processors.|
Advanced Bionics Bimodal Solutions
To help you decide if a LINK hearing aid or LINK CROS is the right option for you.
LINK Hearing aid – The LINK hearing aid may be the option for you, if you are a recent hearing aid user and have thresholds ≤90dB HL at 250 and 500Hz (please speak to a member of staff if you are unsure of your hearing levels)
LINK CROS – A CROS may be the option for you if you have hearing thresholds that are not aidable or if you have not used a hearing aid for some time or have an ear condition that does not allow you to use a hearing aid.
If you are unsure what option would be best for you, please speak to a member of staff at USAIS, if you fall in a grey area between the two then we can arrange a LINK hearing aid trial, if this is not successful you can then switch to the LINK CROS aid.