- Sound Processing
We empower individuals with hearing loss and their families to succeed on their hearing journey. By sharing our stories, we connect, reassure and strengthen our community.
We listen, support, and empower.
AB Community is comprised of a dedicated team of cochlear implant recipients, their families, and caring professionals who volunteer to provide you and your loved ones with information, education, and support for choosing, getting, and living with cochlear implants.
If you are considering a cochlear implant, we recommend talking with someone who has experienced similar hearing difficulties and has gone on to receive a cochlear implant.
Learn more about our AB Mentors' hearing solutions, favourite sounds post-implantation, and their hobbies below!
Bilateral: The use of cochlear implants in both ears.
The voices of my wife, family, and grandchildren. I love spending time with them.
The sound of birds and I enjoy photography, bush walking, and kayaking.
Bimodal: The use of a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aid in the opposite ear.
Voices of my lovely family and friends. I love to make bags and pouches with garment leather.
Sounds first thing in the morning and my favourite hobby is sewing.
Bass when listening to music and rebuilding and servicing motorcycles.
The birds chirping, the wind in the trees with the rain falling. I enjoy nature walks and love to read.
The sound of my wife playing the piano and I am a specialist in pyrography.
North QLD, Australia
Birds in our garden and Landcare is my passion by revegetating degraded areas.
North Island, NZ
Sounds that I didn’t even know I was missing! My favourite hobby is in native plant conservation.
Mentors can provide support to those who are looking for a solution to their hearing loss as well as supporting those who already have AB technology through their hearing journey.
Here’s a look at some of our AB Community mentors’ thoughts on their AB cochlear implant system, their hearing journey, and advice for those considering a cochlear implant.
KELVIN ON HIS AB COCHLEAR IMPLANT SYSTEM
"My cochlear implant was done in early January 2018 with amazing results from the onset, thanks to the support from Advanced Bionics and my audiologist. I’m wearing an Advanced Bionics sound processor with a matching hearing aid in the opposite ear. They pair together beautifully and give me a hearing level unsurpassed in previous years."
JOYCLYN ON CHOOSING AB
"I did a lot of research as to which brand would be most suitable to me and with the guidance of my audiologist, I chose Advanced Bionics. Having an Advanced Bionics cochlear implant together with a Phonak Naída Link hearing aid in my right ear gave me the best option of surround sound, which I thought was absolutely fantastic."
LOUISA'S ADVICE FOR CI CANDIDATES
"Life, when you’re struggling with hearing loss, is just so challenging and so limiting. So if you are concerned and if you have worries, there are lots of people you can reach out to. Getting advice, hearing other people’s stories is really valuable."
STEVE'S ADVICE FOR CI CANDIDATES
"It really is worthwhile to speak to someone who has been implanted. So if you feel that you’ve got questions, contact Advanced Bionics, and they can put you in contact with me or other mentors who can help you."