by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Several people have asked me to address the issue of cochlear implants (CI). Although I don’t have a cochlear implant, I know hundreds and hundreds of people that do have cochlear implants. My friend Denise Portis is one of them. She also has a way with words. Here is her witty […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady wrote: I had an incident yesterday trying to give blood. I was stunned when I was not allowed to give blood because I had marked (under previous surgeries) that I had a cochlear implant (CI). The head screener (an RN) argued with me that I didn’t know what I […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. Strange as it may seem, some children are born deaf, but “regain” their hearing a few months later without medical intervention according to Dr. Joseph Attias at the University of Haifa in Israel. Amir Gilat, in his report “Some children are born with ‘temporary deafness’ and do not require cochlear implant,” […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A concerned mother wrote: My 14 year old son has been hearing impaired in both ears since birth. His hearing has remained pretty stable until now. He has been able to use hearing aids effectively. His recent hearing test showed that his hearing dropped significantly in his left ear, especially in […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A man asked: How can you get a stereo signal (say out of an iPod) split into a right and a left channel for bilateral cochlear implant (CI) recipients? The female plug from the iPod is 1/8″ stereo. Each CI processor has a DAI [direct audio input] patch cord ending with a 1/8″ […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A man explained: On one of the C.I. [cochlear implant] discussion boards, we’ve been having a discussion that I’m certain you can help with. We are discussing how to get a stereo signal (say out of an iPod) split into a right and a left channel for bilateral C.I. recipients. The […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A warning recently circulated around some of the Cochlear Implant (CI) lists that read: Attention Cochlear Implant users—you should never use the flashlight that never needs batteries, just shake it. Also, it never needs bulbs, is waterproof and floats in water. Single/double super coils create the charge with every shake. The […]
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D. A lady asked: How does the hybrid cochlear implant work better than hearing aids? Interesting question, or perhaps I should say, interesting answer coming up. Actually, the hybrid cochlear implant is a misnomer. It really should be called the short-electrode cochlear implant. A hybrid implies that two different things are being […]
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