I’ve been neglectful in not posting more often. I guess on one hand, things are really going well with my hearing so I haven’t focused on writing much. On the other hand, I know that I’m missing great opportunities to help spread the word about hearing health, research, education and advocacy. I’m going to do better!!
I continue to be amazed daily with new things I hear and how this incredible technology has changed my life. I was at a football game recently and it was very windy. Wind noise is such a challenge to hear in, probably for most of us. I have three different microphones I can choose to use. One is on the headpiece that attaches to my head, most on the side but generally facing more toward the back. Another is on the top of the piece that sits on top of my ear. The third is called the t-mic (technically called T-Mic 2) and it actually hangs over the opening of my ear.
The t-mic feature is one of the things that led me to select Advanced Bionics and is enables me to talk on the telephone just like I did prior to losing my hearing. But, I digress. Back to the football game.
So I’m sitting in the wind and the t-mic wasn’t going go work because the wind noise was horrible. I changed to the microphone on top of the processor and it also allowed far too much noise for my liking so I changed to the microphone on the headpiece. The primary use for this microphone is for when I swim and the processor goes into a waterproof case. I haven’t use it before, so I wasn’t sure what the quality of sound would be. It was excellent! I even put my sweatshirt hood up and still heard great but without most of the wind noise!
I’m going to help launch the Indiana chapter of the Bionic Ear Association (BEA) in November.
The mission of the Bionic Ear Association (BEA) is to improve the quality of life of individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss by providing valuable information, education, and awareness on cochlear implants. A community of hearing health professionals and cochlear implant recipients, the BEA offers important support services to help you Hear and Be Heard™.
I know that there are so many people who are not given information about a cochlear implant as an option to treat their hearing loss. This seems to happen more in the adult population than in the child population. It’s something that has to change and I hope through the avenue of the BEA we can begin to spread the word more broadly. Here are the event details. Please share with anyone you think might be interested:
I am going to soon be adding a FAQ section to this blog. There are so many questions that are asked repeatedly and while there are great Facebook groups where questions can be asked and answered, it’s not easy to find those answers. There is also basic education that needs to be shared for those considering a cochlear implant and those with one already.