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”