Filed Under (Cochlear Implants) by Kel on 08-12-2009

Having a toddler – a very opinionated, stubborn toddler – can always make a trip interesting. Having one with cochlear implants adds a whole new dimension. Unfortunately, he is at an age where he takes to pulling one off randomly. Actually, I don’t think it’s random; most of the time it seems to be when one side falls off, he pulls the other off too. The one side falls off a lot, especially as rough and tumble as he likes to be, so it makes life interesting.

What makes life more interesting is that the headpiece on one side falls off too – completely off the cord. Now, we knew these couldn’t be too inexpensive if they didn’t give us spares, but it took looking it up when we got home to realize that tiny circle is worth $375… Yikes. On our trip alone, that tiny little sucker was found:

On the fridge
Under many chairs
Under the table
On the metal supports of the table
On the stairs
On the hassock
Under the hassock
On his processor, through the harness
On the car floor
In his jacket hood

You get the point. It was entertaining, and kept us all scrambling. At the end of a 3 hour drive opening the back door to find a headpiece missing was a lovely feeling, especially when it took us 5-10 minutes to find it.

Woo hoo.

There are days I feel like Super-Gluing the dang thing on there… But of course, the minute I do, we’ll have some kind of device failure and I’ll spend half an hour chipping the glue off so we can switch out the headpiece to see if it’s the problem.

     

 

Comments

Heather on 13 December, 2009 at 8:08 am #

Aw, man. Never a dull moment!


Emily on 18 December, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

You should still be under warranty. If you call Advanced Bionics they will ship you a new one and send an envelope for you to send them the old one.


WSM on 31 December, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

would a little piece of Double-sided scotch tape work?


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Deaf Village on 8 May, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

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