Life with a cochlear implant

A cochlear implant system is a partner for life. It accompanies you wherever you go and whatever you do. Here are some tips and tricks to get more out of your cochlear implant.

Communication

You can use a number of accessories or Bluetooth® technology to directly connect your cochlear implant system to your electronic devices. The Artone device is an inductive solution, verified and recommended by Oticon Medical, for connecting to your TV or phone. For FM systems, you can use the Amigo Arc or Phonak MyLink. A new Bluetooth streamer is also under development. Contact your local Oticon Medical customer service for more information on all solutions.

 

On flights

When travelling by plane, the US Federal Aviation Administration recommends that you leave the external part of your implant system switched on, even during take-off and landing. If you decide to switch it off, always inform the crew so they are aware if they need your attention. If you use a connectivity system (either Bluetooth or wifi system), this should be switched off during take-off and landing. Remember your implant identification card whenever you travel. 

Security gates

Security gates (eg. at airports or shopping centres) produce an electromagnetic field and passing through them or close to them with a cochlear implant may trigger the detector alarm or distort the sound received. It is therefore recommended that you switch off your sound processor and show your implant identification card to the security officers.

Playing sports

You can take part in sports with your cochlear implant, but you may need to take some precautions. As a general rule, remember to keep your sound processor dry and free of any sand or dust, and be sure to avoid any direct impact affecting the implant area. Your implantation centre can provide you with more specific instructions. In the first few weeks after your implantation, you should be especially careful. 

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Medical examinations

Certain medical procedures such as MRI or CT scans, X-rays or even ultrasound require special care. You should always remove your sound processor before medical examinations. Before an MRI examination, you need to fill out an MRI request form

Extreme conditions

Your sound processor contains electronic components, which need to be protected against extreme conditions. The Ingress Protection (IP) Index is the best-known ranking for assessing a device’s protection against water and dust. The Neuro 2 sound processor has set new standards in the CI industry as the first sound processor to achieve the highest IP 68 ranking – without needing extra accessories. 
* When bathing or taking a shower, always use the swim kit for full protection, or remove your sound processor. 

The cochlear implant was my only option. Without it, I would have stayed deaf. The results are great — both after the first implantation on the right ear, and the second one on the left ear.

Yves, cochlear implant user

Daily use and care

To keep your sound processor in good condition, it is important that you look after it.

Learn more about daily use and care

How to use your sound processor

Download Instructions for Use

Customer support

Oticon Medical is always ready to help if you need assistance with your cochlear implant.

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Additional resources

The IDA Institute in Denmark has a range of tools and information available on cochlear implants. This renowned institution works to create a broader understanding of the human dynamics of hearing loss. 

Ida institute

Visit the IDA Institute’s website