Recently, this story was sent to us by an audiology group about one of their elementary aged patients who was surfing while on vacation.
A storm was brewing, and a large wave pulled off his entire cochlear implant processor and headpiece. Devastated, he swam in to tell his dad, but searching for it was nearly impossible in the strong surf. For the next 3 days while the storm raged, his dad went down to the shore and watched the pattern of the wind and the waves. On the family's last day of vacation, the storm had finally subsided so the dad decided to snorkel near some rocks the waves had been hitting. During one dive as a wave pulled away sand from the floor of the ocean, the dad saw something red under a rock. When he swam down to investigate, he found the processor still connected to the headpiece, which was stuck under the rock! However, when the dad pulled on the processor, the headpiece would not budge. The dad knew that he was running out of air and, if he went back to the surface to get a breath, another wave would come and bury the device again. So, he gave one final tug which pulled the headpiece free. He returned to the surface with the entire device! As if finding the processor after 3 days in the ocean was not amazing enough, the family was astounded to see that it still worked!
This is truly amazing story with a happy ending, but many families and individuals around the world are not as lucky. Many individuals clip their processor to some part of their clothing or body only to find it lost after being tossed by a wave, jumping in a lake or crashing on mountain bike. Mishaps in sports and or during recreational activities happen, but for people with cochlear implants it can be very costly.
As a parent of a child with bilateral cochlear implants, our greatest anxieties and fears came when our son entered the water or participated in any activity where there was a chance he could lose his processors. We felt like helicopter parents because of his processors. We hated these feelings and we never wanted to limit our child’s ability to participate in any activity, so we created the Ci Wear shirt.
Ci Wear’s patented designed shirt envelops and secures cochlear implant processor(s). Integral to the shirt are pockets with internal elastic that allows you to affix your processor to the band and run the sound cord up under the shirt. This reduces the risk of a wave, hard fall, crash or person knocking off your processor(s).
This holiday season give someone the freedom, confidence and ability to participate and enjoy their activities without the fear of losing their cochlear implant device, with Ci Wear. Shirts are available in youth and adult size at www.ciwear.com. Use voucher CISECURE and save 15% on your purchase.
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