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Don’t Wait. Enjoy today!

July 13th, 2010 by | Tags: | 3 Comments »

“If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you’ll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon.

The good news is that if you buy products from companies that support them well, like Apple tries to do, you will receive years of useful and satisfying service from them even as newer models are introduced.”

- Steve Jobs, Open Letter to iPhone Customers

This wonderful quote does not only apply to Apple customers, but also to all customers who purchase technologies including cochlear implants.  Often times, people with hearing loss state that they would like to wait until hair cell regeneration becomes an option or a fully-implantable device is available in the market or a cochlear implant with more than 16-24 electrodes is created. 

It is always best to take advantage of the best available technology today rather than waiting.  If we wait, we’ll continue to struggle daily in terms of communications and isolation.  Moreover, today’s cochlear implants are already so powerful and phenomenal, people can hear well depending on how well they do in rehabilitation, their quality of MAP, and their history of hearing loss.  Plus, all three cochlear implant companies strive to continue to improve their patients’ hearing by creating processor upgrades without the need for additional surgery.  It’s best to enjoy the technology today and enjoy life rather than continuing to wait and experience lower quality of life.

3 Comments

July 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I can so relate to this, Rachel! It took me three years of investigation, research and talking to people to convince myself I was ready for a CI. Really I was ready at the onset of my detective work! My ONLY regret in getting the CI was that I waited so long to get it. Waiting for the “next best thing” robs an individual of living a more productive and abundant life now. I’ll echo what you said! “Don’t wait!” :-)

July 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Yup , I can relate.I didn’t wait.When I decided I was implanted within the year , and I’m doing great! :)

Me , I don’t have any regrets.

July 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I was just thinking about this subject yesterday! As we approach Miss Kat’s bilateral surgery I worry that there will be such better technology in 10, 20, or 30 years that I feel bad about implanting her other ear. Then I remember, if I wait, that ear will just become useless! Honestly, the likelyhood that she will go to the grave with the CI I selected for her is close to zero, so she will get to take part in better technology in the future.

Thanks for the reminder!