That's interesting as an MRI is far more sophisticated than a CAT Scan. I understood the MRI would detect abnormalities like acoustic neuromas or unusual bone issues that might make it difficult to do a CI.
The CI – Hearing Aid – Assistive Technology is also interesting. Cochlear teams up with ReSound, and includes 2 of their accessories with an implant. I think Med-El teamed up with Oticon, but not sure. Maybe someone else out there knows. AB is with Phonak. Yes.
Its unfortunate that they are not universal with their syncing. I have been using a Widex HAs for years, and have had excellent results with them. Great telecoil, etc. Widex does not sync with my Cochlear CI processor. I tried 5 different ReSound models when I upgraded to the CI processor that was designed to sync with the ReSound products. They worked great when I was using the accesories, but when I was listening without the assistive tech I could not hear as well as I had been hearing with the Widex aid and the Cochlear processor. I have continued to use Widex.
Frustrating to say the least. When I'm able to upgrade to the next generation CI processor I will try again, hoping that improvements with ReSound since the last attempt will make a difference.
In fairness to the brand issue, I do believe that a person adjusts to the sound they are used to hearing with a specific product. Changing products can affect that.