Nucleus Babyworn - Good or Bad?
Hearing Pocket It has been a few months since Cochlear released the Nucleus Babyworn System that allows infants to use the Freedom BTE controller by attaching the processor to their clothing. We are curious as to what percentage of parents are preferring this method over the traditional way which is to use the bodyworn controller until the child [...]
Sat, Nov 24 2007
Hair Cell Regeneration - Myth or Reality
Hearing Pocket In this month's issue of Volta Voices, Dr. Stephen Epstein discusses the latest on the status of the fabled "hair cell regeneration" - which is the ability to restore hearing capabilities to the damaged hair cells of the inner ear. Many parents, when deciding if they should implant their child, worry that perhaps by implanting their child they are ...
Mon, Oct 15 2007
Child's Voice of Wood Dale, Ill. in the Chicago Tribune
Hearing Pocket Our good friends at Child's Voice School for Hearing Impaired children outside Chicago were reported on in the Chicago Tribune. In the article, Michele Wilkins, the school's director, described how she started the school back with only a few children, and how the school has grown over the years. Interestingly, Michele tells how the enrollment has declined ...
Fri, Sep 21 2007
Does the Freedom Bodyworn Give Better Sound than the BTE?
Hearing Pocket VS. In meeting with my daughter's school audiologist yesterday, he mentioned that he was under the impression that the sound produced by the Nucleus Freedom Bodyworn processor is superior to that of the BTE model. We wonder if this is indeed true. According to what we've heard, and as was described in great length at the most recent Cochlear Celebration, [...]
Fri, Sep 21 2007
Broward Times - Family must sell home to fund implant for...
Hearing Pocket The family of a young Florida girl that was denied cochlear implants by her insurance company is faced with having to sell their home in order to come up with funds for cochlear implant surgery. The Article in the Broward Times notes how the insurance company denied coverage as it was a preexisting condition. Since the cost of cochlear implant surgery is near the [...]
Tue, Sep 11 2007
New York Times Article on Follow Up Hearing Test for...
Hearing Pocket The New York Times has authored an informative article on the lack of follow-up testing for newborns that fail the initial hearing screening. It seems that although most infants are screened for hearing loss at birth, they tend not to follow up with further testing. We guess that this is due to the lack of encouragement from the family physician. We remember when our [...]
Thu, Sep 06 2007
Controversy over Official Definition of Auditory Verbal...
Hearing Pocket There is a disagreement between distinguished AVTs regarding the new official description of Auditory Verbal Therapy as defined by the current governing body A.G. Bell. The primary concern is over the language of the description which states that Auditory Verbal Therapy is to "Promote early diagnosis of hearing loss in newborns, [...]
Wed, Aug 01 2007
Babyworn is Here
Hearing Pocket Cochlear Americas announced today the arrival of their newest products for the Nucleus BTE system for babies: The Nucleus Babyworn. Read the Press Release View Babyworn Product Description Is this going to be the end of the Nucleus BodyWorn System, or will parents still prefer the Bodyworn over the BTE for young children?
Fri, Jul 27 2007
Cochlear is Listening to You
Hearing Pocket Cochlear Corp. recently sent out a survey to its users and volunteers with a host of questions relating to their products and services. This is a wonderful opportunity to make your feelings heard on topics ranging from their cochlear implant speech processors, accessories, online shopping, overall cochlear implant support, troubleshooting, and anything of interest to [...]
Wed, Jul 25 2007
Are There Actually So Many Deaf Children?
Hearing Pocket There are various statistics that state the birth rate of hearing impaired to normal hearing children is around 3 of every 1,000 births, with one of those 3 profoundly deaf, or about 1/10 of 1% of the general population. When doing research for our T-Shirt business, we made a startling discovery. If the numbers above are true, it would mean that approximately 33 [...]
Mon, Jul 23 2007
Plastic Playground Equipment and Cochlear Implants
Hearing Pocket It is a well advised message that parents of young children with cochlear implants should take heed - especially for the summer. DO NOT let your child slide down a plastic slide with their implant on their head. The static electricity caused by sliding down will zap the program out of the processor. You will have to go back to your implant center to have the [...]
Mon, Jul 23 2007
Myth # 1 - "Cochlear Implants Connect to the Brain"
Hearing Pocket This one is easy to figure out! The myth originates from just about anyone seeing a cochlear implant on a user's head for the first time. Immediately, the assumption is that the coil and the wires leading up to it are transferring signals directly into the brain. Of course, the cochlear implant (both the internal or external components) itself is not attached at [...]
Wed, Jul 11 2007
Myth # 3 - "Cochlear Implants Cure Deafness"
Hearing Pocket When Cochlear Implants first became available, there was this widespread belief that a "cure for deafness" has been found. The myth that is still very popular to this day, is that once a person receives an implant, they are no longer deaf. A warning posted on the National Association for the Deaf website warns that "cochlear implants are not a cure [...]
Tue, Jul 10 2007
Free Insurance Support for Cochlear Implant Candidates
Hearing Pocket Did you know that you can receive free insurance support if you are having difficulty getting coverage for a cochlear implant? Cochlear Americas has available a service to provide insurance support for prospective cochlear implant candidates for any company's CI and Baha devices, at no charge. That means, that even if you are considering an Advanced Bionics or a [...]
Tue, Jul 10 2007
Has Sicko Increased Awareness about Cochlear Implants?
Hearing Pocket Michael Moore's latest film released this past weekend has already caused quite a stir in the movie critic world. Sicko achieved a # 9 spot this weekend even with low coverage. Although most of the reviews were somewhat positive, there seemed to be something noticeably absent from the reviews that we've seen so far. Prominent in the film was the story of a [...]
Sun, Jul 08 2007
Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention
Hearing Pocket The Sixth Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention will be held shortly on July 13-15 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, right outside Boston. Elana Perlin, a mother of a 7 year old daughter with cochlear implants, has attended many conventions over the years. She describes the Sturbridge convention as very unique and different from the others, such as Cochlear Celebration. [...]
Sun, Jul 08 2007
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