Ok, so I haven’t actually gotten activated yet, but I did want to clear up some confusion on what all is involved with the Processor. I am so very happy that I have insurance, because otherwise, the processor itself, not any other accessories that are required to use it (like batteries) and not even thinking about the surgery to put the internal component into my head would put me into extremely deep debt.
Ok. So lets start with why I had to have surgery, what actually went inside my head.
This is what will actually stimulate my auditory nerve, there is a magnet in there, so I can’t have any MRI’s unless it is removed.
The following pictures will have the retail price from Cochlear, as of today. I’m not sure if prices would go up or down, but this is what they would cost if you were to buy them outright.
The processor itself.
Then there is the coil and the coil cable, as well as the magnet that attaches the coil to the internal piece. The coil cable attaches the coil to the processor. For people who aren’t able to have the internal magnet, normally due to needing MRI’s on a semi-regular basis, there are retainer disks that you would stick on your head and then stick the coil magnet to.
There are different options for batteries as well. I know I am getting 2 Standard rechargeables and a compact rechargeable. The standard rechargeable’s should be able to give up to 2 days per charge. The compact rechargeable are smaller, but only give aprox 18 hours of charge.
there is also the option for standard disposable batteries. This requires the battery holder as well as a tamper resistant battery cover, and 2 disposable 675 batteries. Cochlear recommends the power one batteries, not sure why, but they are the only batteries that cochlear will sell. If ordering from Cochlear you can order from a single pack of 6 for $4.75 to 50 packs of 6 (300 batteries) for $190.
The charger for the rechargeable batteries looks like this
There is also a remote and remote charger, and a protective case for the remote.
Other things for the processor, such as an “every day case” in which you put the processor to store it when you are out and about or at home when you aren’t using it. Theres a drying case, audio cables (to connect the processor directly to an mp3 player, cell phone, sometimes even a TV). The other products, and the ones that I have described above available for the N5 processor are shown in a slide show below.
I hope that helps clear up some of the questions about what each piece does. not all the pieces are required to use the processor, but I hope you now understand why if I didn’t have insurance I couldn’t have gotten my implant. When I get my “suitcase” on Tuesday, I will take pictures of what is in my Kit. I have been told that each kit may be a little different, depending on your implant center and your audiologist as well as your personal needs.