Thursday, July 30, 2015

WHAT WE FEAR OTHER THAN SHARKS AT THE BEACH

By Eric Sherman
























As parents with a child who is deaf with bilateral cochlear implants, a day at the beach use to be very challenging. 

Our son loves the water.  Regardless of water temperature, he runs out into the ocean with his goggles looking for fish. He has no concerns about the waves, rip tides or under currents that could sweep him out to sea.  With limited ability to communicate, we would have to endure cold water temperatures and pounding waves, corralling our son to keep him safe.  We feared going to the beach.

Now our son wears waterproof processors from Advanced Bionics, and it’s a new day at the beach.  We can better communicate with our son out in the water, letting him know where he can swim and how to stay safe.  He is now not only swimming looking for fish, he is body surfing, boogie boarding, and even surfing.

As parents, your child’s safety in the water is always a primary concern, but when your child wears cochlear implant processors you also fear the potential loss or damage to these expensive hearing devices in the ocean.  We didn’t want to limit our son’s experience in the water because of our fears, so he wears a Ci Wear shirt.

Ci Wear allows us to integrate the CI sound processor into the shirt, providing an added layer of protection, from the elements, for the device(s) and sound cord(s).  Our son has been knocked around pretty hard in the waves and the processors stay clipped inside the pockets and the shirt’s special collar loops have helped him rapidly locate his headpiece before the next wave hits. 

It’s truly a new day and experience for our family at the beach.  We focus on fun and not on our son’s equipment. Ci Wear comes in a variety of youth and adult sizes and colors.  

www.ciwear.com #waterproof #beach #cochlearimplant #shark #surf #ciwear

Sunday, July 12, 2015

NEED A WEARING OPTION FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE AND/OR DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER WHILE WORKING OUT?

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 www.ciwear.com 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 

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

WHY IS MY COCHLEAR IMPLANT SOUND PROCESSOR NOT WORKING?

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 them.

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Ci Wear is a CI shirt designed with pockets for cochlear implant (CI) processors and other listening devices. Use as a rashguard, swim shirt or an exercise shirt. For more information visit www.ciwear.com