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Should you upgrade your implant processor?
Cochlear (and probably all other cochlea implant manufacturers) promise backwards compatibility for all implantees, whenever new technology implants and processors are released. Should you upgrade?
How loud is too loud?
Even if you live in a quiet suburban area, you are still subject to noise pollution.
Social Networking and deafness
Itís quite amazing how far social networking has come and how it is helping people like me who have lost their hearing.
Unrealistic Expectations from hearing technologies
A lot of people with a hearing impairment express their frustration with family and friends who think that just because they now have hearing aid or even an implantable hearing solution such as a cochlear implant or baha, they are expected to hear perfectly again.
Cochlear Implant recall
On September 11 Cochlear Limited announced a recall of some versions of their N5 implant. This recall sent their shares immediately tumbling by a hefty 20%. why would a company which has experienced phenomenal growth and increases in share prices do something so drastic?
Cochlear implant 9 years on
Itís so hard to believe that it is going on 9 years since I had my first Cochlear Implant. Itís such a long time that Iíve found myself thinking about how I feel about it now, as well as the differences and changes it has made in my life.
Too old for a Cochlear implant?
Youíd think that perhaps someone who was (say) over 90 would be too old to have a Cochlear Implant wouldnít you. Well it seems this is not always the case.
Deafness Costs Money
Deafness costs money. There are devices needed to help hear but a recent report found the real costs are in loss of productivity. But some things can't be costed - like the loss of quality of life. Early intervention has shown to improve this.
Equal access for the hearing impaired has long been an issue so it was nice to have captioned theatre available in my city. This is how it worked for me.
Perception of music by hearing impaired adults
I attended a lecture by Geoff Plant, AO about Music perception for Cochlear Implantees. Some of the discussion was very interesting.
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