When I don’t have my speech processor and coil on. – That’s the outside bit.
So I can’t hear
- When I am in the shower or bath or washing my hair. So no listening to the radio in the bath.
- When I have wet hair.
- When swimming
- When I’m caught in a downpour with no umbrella or hat, then I need to take it off and put it somewhere safe. A light shower is fine, major rain, no. You have to be careful round water. Speech processors and water are not friends.
- In bed, asleep or otherwise. Asleep I need shaking gadgets to wake me, to let me know the doorbell has gone, that the fire alarm is sounding, that the phone is ringing. I can still hear MLM snoring though, 😦 , thanks to those low frequency sounds.
- In bed and not asleep. No listening to the radio while going to sleep. Conversation in the dark? heck no. Sweet nothings? “What did you say dear? Put the light on, let me get my hearing gadget….” The moment can lose it’s magic.
All of these are the same as before when I wore two hearing aids, apart from the wet hair washing thing and getting caught in the rain. With my hearing aids I could wear them for some non sleeping bed activity 😉 but the whistling is rather annoying- apparently but not for me as I could never hear it. hah!
Because of these I can see the attraction, the hope, of hearing restoration via stem cells but it’s so far in the future. I’ve heard that they are doing stuff in other less regulated countries but I prefer not to pay $$$$$ to be a guinea pig and to wait until rigorous research and properly supervised and reported clinical trials have been carried out. Thats so far in the future, decades.
I’m happy with my CI, very happy. I just wanted you to know that cyborgdom isn’t 24/24.