Sunglasses and Hearing Devices

My biggest annoyance with hearing devices has gotten worse lately thanks to the heat, which makes it easier for my cochlear implant to slip off. Hearing aids don’t slip off as easily because of the ear molds.
Still, the back part of the device can slip off and dangle by the magnet or ear mold. The magnet doesn’t hold on to the back as well as the ear mold. Does this mean I should get an ear mold made to wear when playing sports?
I found a device that supposedly helps keep glasses and sunglasses on, but SafeNSound looks clunky.
Has anyone found sunglasses with very thin frames that lie flat against the ear? That might work, but shopping for sunglasses online… way too many choices! Anyone had any luck?


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    • ecantrell on April 9, 2008 at 12:01 pm
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    What about this one?

    • Meryl on April 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm
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    ecantrell, that looks like a possibility. Doesn’t stop the sunglasses / CI wars. I need the CI to stay in place — but at least, it’d help keep it dry.
    It’s disruptive to keep fiddling with everything over my ear to keep it in place.

    • Anonymous on April 9, 2008 at 1:21 pm
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    I have prescription eyeglasses that goes dark when outside in sunny condition. my frame is a titanium and thin. I bought like 10yrs ago I just replace the lens when necessary. Maybe you could look at frames that are made of titanium (as they don’t rot your skin and it is durable.) Mine was made by Safilo (made in italy). So my CI stay in place real good. I didn’t use either products mentioned above. but when I have both on, I do hear sounds from the glasses *shrug* I thought about getting one from the site I mentioned to dampen the sound from the contact made between glasses and CI.

    • ecantrell on April 9, 2008 at 3:14 pm
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    Sorry Meryl the post above is mine 😀

    • Tim Mesa on April 9, 2008 at 7:37 pm
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    I’ve had very good experiences with Maui Jim’s sunglasses. One type has arms that sit just above the ears, which usually works pretty well. The other type has a very thin titanium frame and the arms go quite easily between your head and the CI.

    • PATRICIA on April 10, 2008 at 12:51 am
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    My daughter uses an ear mold WITH her CI.

    • neecy on April 10, 2008 at 2:16 am
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    Even though the Cochlear Freedom is advertised as water resistant, I hesitate to test that, especially in the summer when I sweat profusely when engaged in strenuous activities/work/exercising.
    At the recommendation of a friend, I started putting my BTE in a little pouch I sewed and pin it to my shoulder with a safety pin. I use an 11″ transmitter coil, which is more than long enough to reach between my shoulder and my implant. This prevents any direct sweat from getting on the BTE, and also prevents it from slipping off (which has also happened to me on several occasions!)
    I don’t use this setup all the time, but its great to have for days when I know I’ll be sweating a lot, and want a bit of extra security. I’m looking forward to doing some boating/fishing this summer, and won’t worry about it falling off into the water if I use it this way!

    • Meryl on April 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm
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    That’s a creative solution, Neecy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Meryl on April 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm
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    Patricia, I’m trying to make an appointment to get ear molds made — but April is just showering with things to do! 🙂

  1. I also think Maui Jims are amazing, very light and comfortable.

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