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Living with a sound processor

Your cochlear implant system is a partner for life that accompanies you wherever you go and whatever you do. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you get more out of your cochlear implant.


You can use accessories or Bluetooth® technology to directly connect your cochlear implant system to devices, such as your telephone or the television. Simply ask your audiologist to set the dedicated program to your favourite entertainment systems.

Travelling by land, sea or air is not a problem with a cochlear implant. When travelling by plane, you should switch off the external part of your implant system during take-off and landing, in line with other electronic equipment.

When travelling abroad, always take the implant identification card with you. This will explain how your cochlear implant will be affected if you should need medical treatment

 Airport security
When passing through security it is recommended that you show your implant identification card and switch off the sound processor. Security gates produce a strong electromagnetic field that can momentarily disrupt the sound perceived. Your sound processor can also trigger the gate detector.
 Playing sports
You can take part in sports with your cochlear implant but may need to take some precautions. As a general rule, remember to keep your sound processor dry and clean of sand and dust and to avoid direct impacts to the implant area. Your implantation centre can give you more specific instructions. In the first few weeks after your implantation, you should be especially careful.

Whatever sport you participate in, you should always:

  • Protect your implant system
  • Protect your head from impact
  • Prevent moisture damage by protecting the sound processor from sweat during use and by using a drying system every day
  • Follow all instructions and warnings  
Contact sports

(boxing, rugby, judo, karate etc.)
Users of cochlear implants are strongly advised against sports where physical injury, pressure or impacts to the head are likely or inevitable.

Sports where a helmet is recommended
(cycling, horse riding, sailing, skiing etc.)
Participating in these sports is possible. However, you should:

  • Wear a helmet to protect your implant against any impacts.
  • Make sure you choose a quality helmet that is comfortable and can be easily adjusted. It is important that no pressure is applied directly to the implant area or to the scar.

Water sports
(swimming, diving in shallow water >5m depth, sailing etc.)

  • Many water sports do not present any risks for cochlear implant users, as long as the sound processor is removed.
  • If you wear goggles or a diving mask, make sure that the elastic is not too tight over the site of the implant under the skin.
  • Recreational scuba diving is not recommended at depths below 20m. Excess pressure may damage the implant. Moreover, users of cochlear implants are strongly discouraged from engaging in professional deep-sea diving activities.
  • Always wear a helmet for boating activities, sailing or canoeing.


Medical examinations
Certain medical procedures, such as MRI, CT, X-ray or even ultrasound, require special care, but do not present any risk to you or your implant. You should always remove your sound processor before medical examinations. Before an MRI examination you need to fill out an MRI request form. Find out more about medical examinations.


Extreme conditions
Your sound processor contains high performance electronic components, which need to be protected from extreme conditions such as dust, humidity, mechanical vibrations and impacts. If you live in an area with high humidity or dust, accessories such as the electrical desiccant system or the clip-on cover can be useful. Always remember to remove your sound processor before bathing or showering.

It is strongly advised that you take out insurance to cover loss, theft or irreparable damage to your sound processor.

Understanding patients
Our founding philosophy is “People first”

Oticon Medical sound processors come with a wide range of accessories for optimal daily comfort, maintenance and wireless communication.

The safe choice

At Oticon Medical, we appreciate that device failure is not just an irritation. It impacts our users and their families by disrupting their daily life. That is why at Oticon Medical we always strive to produce the most reliable devices possible.