As a trained and certified audiologist, Sarah gained the opportunity to become responsible for product development and evaluation. Each year, hundreds of recipients come to Advanced Bionics from every part of North America to test the latest developments under real-time conditions.
Sarah hears recipients report their experiences at first hand. David Davis is a recipient who has participated in various development efforts with Advanced Bionics. Sarah has been working with him for over seven years; his feedback has helped with the ongoing development of functionalities and accessories for cochlear implants.
She enjoys the technical side of her work, but it is the interpersonal contact that Sarah finds most rewarding: "Our work as developers depends on highly individual needs and perceptions. And time after time, it's a fulfilling experience to see at first hand how recipients react to a brand-new product."
Sarah was impressed by the many positive responses from recipients during the development of Neptune™, the world's first and only swimmable sound processor. Thanks to Neptune, recipients can hear in water; they can wear the processor in the sea, in a lake, river or a swimming pool, as well as under the shower or in the bathtub. Sarah is proud to have played a part in developing the world's first swimmable cochlear implant system: "It was gratifying to test the product, and to watch as children were able to respond for the first time when their parents called out to them. It really is moving to know that we can help to change people's lives here!"