“Honey, I’m going to need to empty the dishwasher. Do you want to take off your hearing?”
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The above is an actual and regular question at our house. My husband lost his hearing due to Meniere’s disease and now has bi-lateral cochlear implants. You can read more about this here. Continue reading “The Marriage Value of Noisy and Quiet Compromises: Cochlear implant recipients”
According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, “in the United States, roughly 58,000 [cochlear implant] devices have been implanted in adults and 38,000 in children.” You can help a cochlear implant recipient you know to have a better noise environment by avoiding noises that hurt and annoy.
Most of us can relate to having a few sounds that annoy us: a child scraping fingers on a chalkboard, someone “tsk”-ing their tongue on their teeth or a co-worker who constantly clicks their pen.
With the cochlear implant recipient, sounds can hurt. My husband describes the pain as if someone is sticking a needle under his fingernail! OUCH! Continue reading “Cochlear Implant: Noises that Hurt and Annoy, and how you can help”
This article is entitled, ’14 ideas to help your communication with the hearing impaired’ but this article could also be called, “How to be a good wife when your husband is going deaf.”
It is hard to go from hearing well to being hearing impaired. Are you or your spouse facing this?
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