“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 “Cochlear Implant Etiquette: The Marriage Value of Noisy and Quiet Compromises”
Cochlear Implant: Noises that Hurt and Annoy, and How You Can Help
According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, “in the United States, roughly 118,000 [cochlear implant] devices have been implanted in adults and 65,000 in children.” You can help a cochlear implant recipient you know to have a better hearing experience 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”