Tips & Tricks

From Doorbells to Alarm Clocks: Essential Tools for Cochlear Implant Users

After a long day, you may like to take off your audio processors, either to sleep more comfortably or so you can charge the batteries. Or maybe you just want to give your ears a break. To ensure you don’t miss out on any important sounds in the meantime, there are some helpful tools you can use.

These tools are perfect for cochlear implant users who need a listening break.

Smart Devices That Keep You in the Loop

Worried you might miss an important call or message? With some smartphones, you can set the flash to go off when you receive a message. If you have a smartwatch connected to your phone, you can even set it to vibrate whenever you get a call or other notification. Many smartwatches are even comfortable enough to wear while you take a listening break while napping or even when you sleep at night.

Ding Dong! Someone’s at the Door

From deliveries to emergencies, it’s important to know if someone is at the door. One way to make your doorbell visible (rather than only audible) is with a strobe light doorbell. It flashes like some modern-day fire alarms do. This works if you are awake and charging your audio processors or having a listening break–but remember to keep your listening breaks to a minimum to make the most progress in your listening rehabilitation. But if you are asleep, having a doorbell that sends alerts to your phone (or your smartwatch, as mentioned above) could be very helpful.

Rise and Shine, Early Bird

If you live alone or don’t want to rely on someone else to wake you up, then you will need an alarm clock that can get your attention in a way other than ringing. The perfect solution is an alarm clock that vibrates.

You Don’t Have to Rely Solely on Your Parental Instincts

If you have young children, a baby monitor is a must-have. If your baby takes a nap during the day, you will probably be wearing your audio processors and will be able to hear them. If you need a listening break and your baby is in another room, a baby monitor with lights that indicate noise level could be perfect for you. You can relax while doing something else, and out of the corner of your eye, see if the lights on the baby monitor are flickering.

If your baby is very young and wakes up regularly during the night, the advice of this mom with rechargeable hearing aids may come in handy: she sleeps on her side while wearing a hearing aid on the ear not against the pillow while the other hearing aid is charging. When her baby wakes her up in the middle of the night, she puts on the hearing aid that has been charging and takes off the other one to let it charge. This idea will also work with your RONDO 3 or SONNET 2 rechargeable batteries.

Stay Safe While Traveling

If you stay at a hotel while traveling, consider letting the hotel staff know that you have hearing loss. You can also tell them that if there is an emergency, they have your permission to enter your room and wake you up. And find out more helpful travel tips.

Communication Help for Tired Ears

After a long day, it’s common to have listening fatigue. Even with your audio processors on, you may struggle to hear things that are normally easy to understand. When this is the case, there are many devices and tricks you can use to make communication easier, including:

  • A remote mic like AudioLink can help you hear conversation partners who are sitting further away. Learn more about AudioLink.
  • If you talk on the phone with your friends when you have listening fatigue, video chatting may help. That way you can understand them more easily by watching their facial expressions and reading their lips.
  • In some situations, you may find it helpful to use a transcription app. And in the future, you may even be able to use transcription glasses.

And check out this article for great gift ideas for cochlear implant users. We hope these tips and tricks help you navigate tricky, silent situations… until you can put on your MED-EL audio processors again and get back to hearing life!

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Lori Lebowitz

January 10, 2024

What are transcription glasses?

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January 11, 2024

Hi Lori, thanks for your question. Transcription glasses can help transcribe speech which can be useful for hearing implant users. Kind regards, Gordana

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Deborah Benson

January 11, 2024

Thank you so much for this. I am profoundly deaf without my CI and need to think about nighttime house alarms. Your newsletter/e mail is so kind and tactful. Really well written. I love the expression listening fatigue. It’s so true.

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Bruce Pearson

January 11, 2024

I recently purchased a new apple Ultra 2 smartwatch and would highly suggest that someone on your team work with Apple to get the implants audiostreams to connect to the smartwatches. Also, it would be great that the watch would vibrate when receiving a call while using the audiostream. I would be happy to meet and discuss this in more detail if someone is interested.

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January 11, 2024

Hi Bruce, thanks for your comment and for sharing your feedback. Please get in touch with us here regarding your idea: https://www.medel.com/contact-med-el Kind regards, Gordana

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NOLWANDLE

January 14, 2024

I would love the door bell and the alarm since I'm leaving with my grandchild Whow and When can I get that

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January 15, 2024

Hi Nolwandle, thank you for your question. We suggest browsing a bit on the internet to find the right product for you or checking out similar threads on the Hearpeers Forum: https://forum.hearpeers.com/. Several users have asked for suggestions for alarm clocks, for example. Kind Regards, Giulia

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Madeline Hauth

January 29, 2024

where can I buy doorbell and alarm clocks for my house since I live alone

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January 30, 2024

Madeline, thank you for your comment. We recommend checking out the Hearpeers forum, where other cochlear implant recipients may recommend where to buy a doorbell or alarm clock that suits your needs. You can find the Hearpeers forum here: https://forum.hearpeers.com/ Kind Regards

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Nathalie Moore

May 13, 2024

I live in a senior apartment building. Since I moved in, carpet removal and redecorating have been done in the dining room. Now, I can no longer understand conversation with my table mates. So much conversation in the room just sounds like one loud noise. Are there some decorating items you can recommend that would dampen the noise?And where would I purchase them?

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May 14, 2024

Hi Nathalie, thanks for your comment. To dampen noise, we recommend using soft materials like curtains, carpets, cushions, etc. If you have further questions on this, we recommend getting in touch with your local MED-EL team via https://www.medel.com/contact-med-el Kind regards, Gordana

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