We had a surprise box delivered this week!
My new cochlear implant processors that we have been waiting on for six months finally arrived!
It’s an upgrade with better sound, but also has brand new features.
One thing it is not: rechargeable. We have had rechargeable implants for years now. Going back to batteries feels like regression.
That makes me nervous. Batteries are a pain. Each processor takes two, and you never know when they will go out. I have enjoyed the freedom of just having my batteries charged during the night and being good to go for my long days. But, worst case, even if we don’t have money for more batteries, I guess I can just go back to my old processors since I still have them.
But the new features are super exciting!
It’s the Kanso! And it’s so tiny!
For comparison, here is our current processor (with covers so you can see them more easily):
The part on my ear is the computer processor and the battery, then the coil goes to the magnet that connects it to the part inside my head.
The new one is just a small piece with everything in one, so nothing sits on my ear!
It comes with all kinds of tools and gadgets, for maintenance and also for new things like streaming by Bluetooth now! I can for the first time, listen to podcasts and music and audiobooks from my phone!
Even though I am frustrated to be reliant on batteries again, putting them in was super easy:
It’s so tiny!
There are little loops to hook onto my shirt in case it falls – like a child’s – but I have to get my magnets sized first. If they are too loose, the processors fall off too easily. If they are too tight, it can cause wounds from pinching the skin from where the implants are in my skull and the scalp that is over them. Mine are really loose right now, so they fall off a lot, but new magnets have been ordered and are coming.
There are so many new sounds I can hear, and so many combinations of sounds. Sometimes that is terrifying. Some things are really exciting. I have been playing cello music all morning, and that has been very soothing. Technology is amazing!