Time it Right! When Should I Get a Cochlear Implant?

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MED-EL has launched the latest issue of its flagship EXPLOREMAGAZINE, which aims to raise awareness about the importance of hearing loss through inspiring and extraordinary stories. In this edition, called EXPLORETIME, readers will discover the crucial role that time plays in our lives, and how it affects our decisions and structures our day. This is a great, FREE resource for hearing health professionals, parents and CI recipients.

One of the most interesting articles is about deciding when is the best time to get an implant for you or a family member.  Time It Right discusses considerations for babies, older children, and adults about the affects cochlear implants can have on quality of life at various stages.

The entire EXPLORETIME issue is available for your reading pleasure.

ACIA Resources for Cochlear Implants

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  The American Cochlear Implant Alliance has put together some resources for people considering a cochlear implant.  Read more here.

The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the US. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates.

Children’s Invention Competition for People with Hearing Loss

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MED-EL announces a global competition for kids age 6-11. Aspiring inventors and artists are invited to create a piece of artwork showcasing their invention to improve the quality of life of people living with hearing loss.

One U.S. winner will be awarded $1000 deposit into a college savings plan of their choice, and an entry into an international competition for a grand prize of a trip for the winner and an adult chaperone to MED-EL’s global headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria.

Get Ready for Summer with Ci Wear and Nammu

Cochlear implant HELP, Ci Wear, and Nammu Hats have gotten together to offer you discounts until May 31st.  Just use discount code cochlearimplantHELP to redeem this special offer.

While all cochlear implant companies have waterproof solutions, Ci Wear and Nammu Hats complete the package with innovative methods of securing your processor.

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Ci Wear is the “perfect accessory,” proclaims audiologist Joan Hewitt. The patented shirt is designed with sleeve pockets to secure and help protect your cochlear implant processor(s). Use as a rash guard/ swim t-shirt in the water or as sports apparel on land, Ci Wear keeps you connected while offering sun protection, comfort, flexibility, style and confidence during all kinds of sports and recreational activities. Available in youth and adult sizes.

With discount code cochlearimplantHELP, you can get free shipping until May 31st, 2017, to the United States.

Nammu on Aqua Accessory

Nammu Hats are a great solution for kids and adults to keep cochlear implant processors securely in place, comfortably and fashionably, while swimming.

Wear a Nammu Hat with any of the solutions where you put the processor in a waterproof bag.  The bag by itself may keep the processor dry, but it doesn’t secure the processor.  With a Nammu Hat, you can swim, play, and even dive into the water! It works great for swimming lessons, playing with friends, or even just swimming laps.

Stock up now on extra shirts and hats so you can spend less time worrying about your processor, and more time swimming!

Use discount code cochlearimplantHELP to get 20% off Nammu products until May 31st, 2017.

Communicate Using Only Thought


Boston, MA, USA (April 1st, 2017) Cyberdyne Systems, manufacturer of the OneWorld™ headpiece has developed technology that will enable cochlear implant recipients to communicate wordlessly.

Recent advances in neural interfaces have enabled paraplegics to control motorized wheelchairs and computer keyboards using only thoughts.  With training, some test subjects have developed a ‘vocabulary’ of over 100 actions.  An action may be a control input such as ‘move forward’ or ‘turn right’ or it may be a key or combination of keys on a virtual keyboard.

The neural interface between a cochlear implant’s electrodes and the recipients nerve cells works both ways.  Current cochlear implants use only a fraction of the brain to electrode (reverse) data path, largely focusing on assessing proper functionality of the implant.

Bradley Thinkmore, Chief Technology Officer of Cyberdyne Systems, explains:

‘Cochlear implant recipients have been training to amplify the vocabulary and reliability of the reverse data path by practicing on a computer. Initial tasks include selecting the correct response to multiple-choice questions.  As the subject becomes proficient, the number of possible responses is increased, eventually reaching into the hundreds.

Once the subject has acquired the ability to transmit a vocabulary of several hundred distinct ‘neuronemes,’ or distinct commands, the neuronemes may be remapped to any set the subject desires.  Think of it as being able to choose from a long list of likely texts or email fragments.’

After the cochlear implant processor has received one of the enumerated inputs, it may transmit the information to one or more cochlear implant processors via Bluetooth or some other wireless protocol.  The receiving processor would then convert the neuroneme to its corresponding vocalization using a speech synthesis algorithm.

Cyberdyne Systems plans to license the technology to cochlear implant manufacturers – with a condition.  The manufacturers would like to use the system as an advantage over their competitors, and would like to make the transmission compatible only with other devices from the same manufacturer.  Cyberdyne is requiring all licensees to use a standard communications protocol, so that any cochlear implant recipient may communicate wordlessly with any other cochlear implant recipient.

For more information, contact Cyberdyne Systems.

This is a joke! Repeat, this is only a joke! Do not interpret any of this post as being based in fact.  Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Happy April Fool’s Day 2017!