Cochlear Implant: Noises that Hurt and Annoy, and How You Can Help

Profile of man wearing cochlear implant

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”

Working with Hearing Impaired: 14 Ideas to Help Your Communication

Large group of people eating: one on one conversations are easier for the hearing impaired to understand

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.” This is our story. It’s personal.

It is hard to go from hearing well to being hearing impaired. Are you or someone you love facing this?

Hearing impaired Man with bandage on left ear standing with 3 kids Continue reading “Working with Hearing Impaired: 14 Ideas to Help Your Communication”