Sunday, August 23, 2015


By Eric Sherman

For many people, swimming is a fun and refreshing activity…especially when it’s hot. For parents, (like us), with a child who is profoundly deaf, swimming can be quite challenging, nerve racking and scary.

When trying to beat the heat, we head to the beach and my son loves to swim in the ocean looking for fish.  He will chase them by diving through waves and swimming away from the shore. I often find myself in the water for hours making sure he is safe.  It is exhausting and frightening trying to keep him from drifting to far down the beach and/or getting caught up in the current or swimming into large sets of waves. 

Thankfully, he wears waterproof bilateral cochlear implant processors and can hear instructions about where to swim and when to come in, etc.  This has been extremely helpful in keeping our son water safe! It also enables us to do more water sports, like surfing and body boarding.  We do check his devices periodically to make sure they are on and working.  Sound quality is not a concern as long as he can hear his name and follow instructions.  

If you’re having problems getting your child to wear their CI device in the water because of sound quality, comfort or wearing configuration options… then try to find solutions that will help make them comfortable in the water with their device.  It’s a safety issue more than anything else. It’s important for your child to be able to hear lifeguards, other people, oncoming boats or personal watercrafts and especially you.  When my son was swimming looking at fish, he was drifting to far from me; I yelled his name, his head popped up out of the water. I told him to swim back towards me and he did.  Without the ability to hear, we would probably limit his swimming activities.  Swimming is therapeutic for our son, so this would not be a good thing.

In our house, we make wearing cochlear implant processors mandatory in the water like wearing sun block.  Most cochlear implant manufactures offer a water configuration for their devices.  In time your child will get use to and understand any sound differences in the water, but make sure they are comfortable. There are wearing options such as hats and arm bands, etc.  Our son wears a Ci Wear shirt.  It's a sun protected swim shirt designed to secure and help protect cochlear implant processors. If your child isn't comfortable wearing their processors in the water find a wearing option that works for you.  In the end, your child needs to hear to be safe and being comfortable will likely lead to a more enjoyable experience.  

#swimming #beach #cochlearimplant #watersafe #Kids 
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

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Shirt Designed for Cochlear Implants is Helping to Fight Cancer

First shirt sewed by Aileen that led to the birth of Ci Wear
Earlier this year Ci Wear sadly lost a valuable member of its team to cancer.  Aileen Sherman was the impetus behind getting Ci Wear started.  She took the idea for a specialty shirt with pockets and made into reality by sewing the first prototype shirt. Aileen saw the potential on how altering a swim shirt could not only help her grandson, but many others like him, who wore waterproof cochlear implant devices.  The shirt she made was crude in its looks, but it proved the concept that the shirt would work.  Thus, Ci Wear was born. 

In Aileen’s honor, we will donate $5.00 for every shirt purchased between now and the end of September to the Aileen Sherman Memorial Fund to raise money for cancer research. As of 2014, 14.5 million people have a history of cancer.  In 2015, about 589,430 Americans are expected to die of cancer, or about 1,620 people per day. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths according to American Cancer Society.

Regardless of whether you purchase a Ci Wear shirt, we ask that you donate to the Aileen Sherman Memorial Fund.  A contribution of any size helps. It's our hope we can find a cure for this horrible disease that indiscriminately afflicts so many people.  The fund is partnered with Kure It Cancer Research, a 501c3 non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax deductible.  To learn more about Aileen and to donate to help finding cures for cancer please visit

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