Swimming pools are open. Lawn sprinklers are on. It’s lake season.
It’s also “Don’t get me wet! I have my CI/hearing aid on!” season.
All deafies know what I’m talking about. 😉
It’s when we’re hanging out by the poolside and someone decides to try and push us in. Most of the time we wouldn’t mind it except for the fact that we’re wearing something that costs a few thousand bucks and isn’t waterproof! Of course we can swim as long as the external processor/aid is off. It’s just when we have them on that we worry! 😉
Too bad CIs aren’t waterproof. I would love to know what it sounds like underwater. I know many of my friends would like to know also. I did read about how someone came up with a way for their son to swim with their CI on. That is a risk to take and is one that most people aren’t willing to take. CIs/hearing aids are just so expensive to take that risk especially when it may not work or when it may fall off.
There is an unspoken golden rule among deaf people to check for hearing aids/CIs before pushing each other into the pool/lake. Although we don’t always remember this rule and we have had a few close calls. 😉 Hearing people do need to be aware of this rule.
I’m still waiting for the day where I just jump into a pool with my CI on. I was a lot more aware that I had something on my ears with hearing aids than with the CI due to wearing earmolds with aids. I’m just glad I haven’t accidentally jumped into the shower with the CI yet (probably because it usually goes flying off my head when putting/taking on/off clothes). *knocks on wood*
Looking back, it had to make my parents so nervous knowing that their 8-year-old kid was responsible for something that cost thousands of dollars and when their 2-year-old kid was walking around wearing something so expensive!
I do find it interesting that even though we (myself and friends) may seem to forget we have our CIs/hearing aids on we don’t always forget. It’s usually the first thing we yell out when someone is getting ready to get us wet. It’s not like we walk around constantly thinking “I have my CI/hearing aid” on. It’s sub-conscious and it is interesting to see how that works.
CIs/hearing aids are like keys. They’re easy to misplace and you go into that panicky mode you get when you can’t find your keys. Now that it’s summer time and I take my CI off whenever I hang out by the lake/pool. If I can’t find it afterwards in my bag….I’ve learned that the first area to look in is wherever my keys are. My CI magnet finds my key chain attractive. 😉 Of course, I’m a bit stuck if I can’t find my keys either.
On another note my “hearing” is now 2 months old. Hair in the small area that was shaved is slowly growing back and already covers almost half of the incision….yay!
As a friend pointed out…..it is odd when your “hearing” is only 2 months old and you’re an adult.