My little wind problem!!April 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Cochlear Implants, My Cochlear Implant choice, Speech | 2 Comments
Tags: Bionic Ear, CI, Cochlear Implants, Deafened adult, Speech, SSHL, switch on, The future, wind, windjammer
It’s almost a year since my switch on and about 7 months since my last post.
I have learnt to adapt to my CI very well but I still have problems in group or noisy situations. One of the problems I have recently solved seems so simple I wonder if anyone else with a CI has done the same? The problem is WIND! It is a problem that all CI users have and it is really annoying if you are outside on a breezy or windy day having a chat and you are constantly interupted by this gush of wind which completely kills off anything you might hear at that point.
More recently I have been doing a lot of cycling to train for a charity bike ride. I find the wind when cycling really annoying and actually can be a safety problem as traffic noise is harder to hear.
Well, not one to sit back and take it I have been doing some research and it appears there is nothing on the market for AB CI users to stop this wind problem. I cant quite believe it and I am happy if anyone can correct me on this. I have therefore found my own solution and I have been testing it out. Not to be too smug……….but it works brilliantly!!
It’s called a ‘windjammer’ and is a little sponge microphone cover that you see people on TV using on their lapel or tie microphones. I contacted a local manufacturer and asked for their advice. After sending the a picture of my CI they were able to recommend their smallest ‘windjammer’ for me to try. It cost me about £10 for 5 of them and they work brilliantly!!
Now this solution will only work with Advanced Bionics CI’s as they are the only ones with a mic in the ear. You also have to be 100% in the ear mic or you will still get some wind noise from the aux mic on the top of the unit.
Roll on the summer and BBQ’s and more wind!!!