Two words.. THANK GOD! I don't know what we can do without "waterproof" device..in general. I know that Nucleus 5 is water resistant/waterproof..what's the difference? I'm not sure..but anyway. IT is a MUST have if you have an active toddler or sport-goer type kid..and one thing I know for sure that Cory really LIKES having his CI on in the pool. We went swimming with PALS class at BCF, I noticed two other kids that are wearing theirs in the pool. One with swimband, and other one..nothing! One of the mom kinda of twisted my arm.. LOL ..no..she convinced me, I guess. It would be important for Cory to swim with his CI. ( I wouldn't use both) For one thing for sure, I'm not "chasing" after him due to water safety, and it is hard to communicate when he doesn't have CI on but he knows sign language anyway. So it's not a big issue. However, I was thinking about signing him up for swimming lessons soon.. but how would he be able hear or understand the instructor at the pool? So that's when I thought..okkkkk here we goes..
He loves it! You can see the instant sparks in his eyes..and immediately, he submerged in the water with his CI. I was little bit nervous. oy oy! Then when a mom asked me if that his CI have rechargeable battery not dispositable..I was like ?????? oh crap! (It was ok..it just scares me when she said that..)
My parents said that I was LUCKY to have such a device. They had to go through troubles with my hearing aids when I was younger, I was quite an athletic and would be playing soccer in the rain, mud and puddles. That's where I played the best. Mom and Dad would spend hours on drying my aids afterward, with a hair dryer and praying that they would be working again..back then we didn't have a special dryer or such a thing as waterproof aids. :)
One time, a month ago, we were in a park, when it was quite a downpour that day, Cory's CI fell out and landed right into a deep puddle. I thought oh yikes!! Took it out right away. It was still ok..
if that was my hearing aid..it would be a goner for sure!!!
Anyway, Cory just kept on submerging his CI ear into the water over and over again..I can tell that he loves how it sounds and he become more awareness with it. It is interesting to see how a child changes from not having it on and then have it on. I think I will be in trouble..when it's bath time...
I don't know our audiologist feels at the BCCH about this..I know I asked about it before. They strongly do not recommended this..maybe they are just being "safe"? But I know it's under warranty so if anything..I can replace it? is that true? is that too simple? Or am I taking a big risk?