Thursday, July 30, 2015


Shirt for Cochlear implant

Going to the beach wearing cochlear implant processors can be challenging.  Being comfortable and protecting these expensive devices can affect your day.  Do you take off your processor going out into the water? Do you bring a special bag or case for your hearing equipment? What accessories will best secure my processors if I go out in the water or play beach volleyball?

Clipping sound processors to bathing suit top or bottom, using Velcro straps, lanyards, or swim hat can seem like an easy solution, but it can also expose your devices to simple mishaps that can potentially lead to loss or damage.  When at the beach, we’ve all seen toddlers get bumped off their feet by a rising tide, individuals getting hit by waves, or people playing physical games in the sand.  In an instant, a processor can be knocked off a person’s body.  Not properly securing your cochlear implant processors to your body can ruin your day and be quite costly.

The best accessory for cochlear implants processors at the beach is a Ci Wear shirt.  This rash guard / swim shirt is designed to secure cochlear implant sound processors, adding a layer of protection for the devices and its sound cords.  My son has been knocked around pretty hard in the waves when swimming and surfing, and the processors stayed secured inside the shirt’s pockets. In addition, special loops in the collar keep wires to the back of his head and are helpful in rapidly locating his headpiece if they become dislodged.

Avoiding the beach is a thing of the past with our son, we all now enjoy it.  Our focus is more on the activities and experiences, a lot less on his equipment.  If you or your child are looking for a more comfortable and secure wearing option for your cochlear implant processors, try Ci Wear. 

#swimming #beach #cochlearimplant #surf #ciwear #kids

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Ci Wear is a patented shirt designed to secure and help protect cochlear implant (CI) processors and other mobile listening devices. Use as a rash guard, swim shirt or an exercise apparel.   Ideal aqua accessory for waterproof cochlear implant sound processors. For more information visit


Sunday, July 12, 2015


Do you find it difficult exercising with your smartphone or digital music player (i.e. iPod Touch, Shuffle or Nano), because there are no comfortable options to hold your device? If you find armbands are uncomfortable, dangle cords get in your way, broken phone from falling out of your hand or your device is flopping around in your pant pockets … Ci Wear Sport is the wearing option that solves these problems.

Ci Wear Sport is an active wear shirt with a patent pending design that integrates your listening device snuggly into the shirt, with features that add a layer of protection giving you confidence and freedom of movement as you workout or exercise.  The shirt is made of high performance premium quality wicking active mesh fabric for moisture management keeping your skin cool and dry.

Once your phone or listening device is inserted into the Ci Wear Sport pockets, you never have to pull it out to answer the phone, to skip, pause, replay a song or change the volume while working out.  You can control everything from your earbuds.  Here are 10 Hidden Controls ofthe iPhone Headphones by Sharon Profis posted on CNET.

  1. If you're listening to music, toggle pause or play by tapping the center button once.
  2. To fast-forward a song, tap the center button twice and long-press on the second tap.
  3. To rewind a song, tap three times and long-press on the third tap.
  4. To skip a song, double tap.
  5. To go to the previous song, triple tap.
  6. If you have an incoming call, tap the center button once to answer. Tap again to hang up.
  7. To ignore an incoming call, long-press the center button. You'll hear two beeps to confirm that the caller was sent to voice mail.
  8. If you're on the phone and you get a new call, tap the center button once to switch calls. To end that new call, hold the center button down for 2 seconds.
  9. You can achieve super steady shots by using your headphones as a shutter release. Tap the volume-up button to capture a photo.
  10. Prompt Siri by long-pressing the center button.

Your earbuds or any headphones with mic and controller will likely control your device. Visit to learn more about how our Ci Wear Sport shirt can keep you connected and comfortable when working out.

#running #Apple #smartphones #earbuds #exercise #headphones #fitness #mountainbiking 


Ci Wear is a patented shirt designed to secure and help protect cochlear implant (CI) processors and other mobile listening devices. Use as a rash guard, swim shirt or an exercise apparel. For more information visit

Welcome to Ci Wear Blog

Our son Cole, who has bilateral cochlear implants, was the inspiration behind Ci Wear Cole loves swimming and we were excited when he received his new waterproof sound processors. As we watched him in the water, we noticed he spent a lot of time attending to his processors and headpieces, instead of playing. We wondered if there was a way of minimizing the issues he was having. After extensive research and testing, we developed the Ci Wear shirt. The Ci Wear shirt integrated his sound processors right into his clothing and simplified his experience in the water. He no longer had to worry about loose cords and processors sliding down his arm.  He was able to focus on what was important - playing! The Ci Wear shirt also has the added benefits of being stylish, making the sound processors less apparent, and providing sun protection. We hope the Ci Wear shirt provides you the same improved experience during activities as it has given our son.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cochlear Implant Troubleshooting Tips For Sound Processor

By Eric Sherman

Have you ever encountered your sound processor randomly shutting off, constantly flashing red and beeping or just turning red with a constant beep when powering on?   These indicators may mislead you into believing your processors are failing ... when in fact, it could be something as simple as a battery, headpiece or cord problem.

As a parent of a child with cochlear implants, we often found ourselves replacing the processors when it wasn't always necessary.  Here are some simple troubleshooting tips you can try prior to contacting your audiologist or CI manufacturer to replace your processor.

First, always check your headpiece and sound cord. We found with our son’s CI processor that the intermittent beeping was caused more often than not, by a bad sound cord. With the headpiece on his head, we tested this out by just jiggling the cord to see if that caused the processor to beep.  If so, we replaced it with a new sound cord which usually resolved the problem.

Why is my cochlear implant sound processor not working?On other occasions, we found our son’s processor constantly beeping and flashing red while the headpiece was on his head.  This could mean the headpiece doesn’t have a good connection with the implant.  The easiest way to test for this problem is by switching out the headpiece to see if that resolves the problem.

We have also experienced our son’s processor randomly shutting off and other times the power light turned red with a long continuous beep or flashed red several times before shutting off. After going through the aforementioned troubleshooting procedures, we thought something was wrong with the processor. However; after replacing the old rechargeable batteries with new ones, the processors began to work. Sometimes when a rechargeable battery is showing it’s charged, we think it is good to use, but this is not always the case. Over time rechargeable batteries will lose their ability to power your cochlear implant processor, even though the charger shows the batteries are fully charged and ready to use. 

When it comes to issues with cochlear implant processors not working properly, try checking the following items first as it may save you time and expense.
  • Batteries
  • Sound Cord
  • Headpiece
If you have experienced similar problems or other issues with your CI processors, we invite you to share your tips.

Ci Wear is a patented shirt designed to secure and help protect cochlear implant (CI) processors and other listening devices. Use as a rashguard, swim shirt or an exercise shirt. For more information visit