January 1st, 2013 by Rachel | Tags: Aqua Accessory, Cochlear, Cochlear Implant, Life, New Product | 5 Comments »
I wrote a review a few months ago about my first impressions in using the Aqua Accessory with the Nucleus 5 Sound Processor. When I wrote the review, I left out a very important piece of information and that was sharing experiences in swimming underwater with the Nucleus 5 Sound Processors and the Aqua Accessory. As Jessica and I were both on holidays in Florida, we both went swimming in the pool where we were able to hear the sounds underwater for the first time in our life! We put together a video sharing our experiences in using the Aqua Accessory with the Nucleus 5 Sound Processors.
Wow! What an incredible experience it was to hear underwater! It was really fascinating to hear bubbles blowing underwater and the movement of the water!
I want to add a few notes about using the Aqua Accessory in the pool:
We definitely needed to use a swim cap or goggles to keep our Nucleus 5 Sound Processors on our head. I tried swimming without any kind of support and even with my magnets being tight as they could be, they still fell off of my head.
Depending on the placement of the headpiece and design of the goggles, it is possible to wear the sound processors without a swim cap as long as we wear goggles over the headpiece. I was able to swim freely underwater without a swim cap as long as I was wearing the goggles. The straps held my sound processors well. My sister had issues because her headpiece is higher up on her head than where my headpiece is located on my head. Therefore, the headpiece was falling off, as you could see in the video. I think if she had a pair of goggles with better a better set of two straps, perhaps her sound processors would stay on her head better. However, she was perfectly content in using the swim cap. To be honest, because the Aqua Accessory does really make me look more dorky, I’d prefer to use the swim cap just to make me look more “normal.”
There were very little distortion in the sounds. My sister and I were both able to hold conversations with ease in the pool. I did definitely notice though the the quality of distance hearing did decrease. When Jessica was at least about six feet away from me, she did struggle to hear me. That’s just a minor drawback. Otherwise, I don’t think there is a need for a “special swimming” MAP.
I should also add that should if the sound processor fall off in the water and if there is little air in the Aqua Accessory, it floats!
We unfortunately were not able to experience in hearing underwater in the ocean because the weather was too cold. Oh well! Next time!
*DISCLAIMER* As stated in the disclaimer on the bottom of the homepage of Cochlear Implant Online, neither CIO nor its contributors are paid, or endorsed, by any cochlear implant manufacturer. I did not receive payment from Cochlear for this review even though I am working as a consultant for Cochlear Americas. My Canadian grandparents purchased the Aqua Accessory for me and Jessica. The views expressed here are solely my own.