If you're an Advanced Bionics (AB) cochlear implant recipient, you may already be aware that AB is owned by the same company that owns Phonak. This has allowed for AB and Phonak to collaborate on technology compatibility, and now, one of the most recent fruits of the AB/Phonak collaboration is the Naida Link hearing aid.
This question depends a lot on who is asking, so let’s start with the basics.
While there are many small hearing-aid manufacturers, there are six major companies, commonly known to hearing-care professionals as “the big six”: Phonak, GN Resound, Oticon, Widex, Starkey and Signia (formerly known as Siemens). Some of these aids are rebranded for different retail stores, and with a new hearing aid introduced almost every week, the choices can be overwhelming.
The cochlear implant journey can be both intimidating and exciting. At Arizona Hearing Center, we enable our patients to choose which cochlear implant they want. After all, each cochlear implant manufacturer has its pros and cons and no one is better than the others from a hearing performance point of view. This is why we leave the choice up to the cochlear implant patient.