Like to crunch numbers? Comparisons? Heeerrrre we go!
My hearing aid: Brand: Siemens Triano SP Bought: At a run-of-the-mill hearing aid dispenser in 2004 Cost: $4,000 for two Number Crunch Hearing aid with battery: 8 grams Hearing aid without battery: 6 grams Earmold: 2 grams One battery lasts me 2 1/2 to 3 weeks Piece of crap.
My CI: Brand: Nucleus Freedom Processor with Nucleus Freedom Implant in my left ear Bought: At a Cochlear Implant Center of New Jersey Cost: $ (Haven't gotten the bill yet...probably in the $90k to $120k for surgery and my toys) EDIT - $46,000 Value of my toys: $1885 Cost for me: Nothing! Number Crunches: CI with 3 batteries: 22 grams CI without batteries: 17 grams CI without coil/with batteries: 14 grams CI without coil/without batteries: 9 grams Coil: 8 grams Coil without magnet: 4 grams Magnet: 3 grams Processor alone: 4 grams Power compartment: 10 grams 3 batteries: 4 grams Cost of batteries: $0! Insurance pays for it Being able to hear the rain from inside, hearing my cat poop, hearing the hamburger sizzle, and perhaps in the near future hear the damn crickets: PRICELESS (I know it's annoying to hear another mastercard-like commercial, but who cares. This is directly to Roy.)
I edited the price of my hearing aid, it was higher then expected, and edited the cost of the surgery, which was Lower than expected.