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Decorate Your HAs, CIs, or Baha

August 3rd, 2010 by | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

A while ago, I posted THIS about decorating hearing devices, and how adding flair to your “ears” can increase acceptance and awareness of hearing loss every day.  Well, the world of hearing devices changes quickly, so here are some of the original ideas of that post with even more ideas of how to decorate your hearing devices.

  • Stickers are available from nearly all HA and CI manufacturers, but you can also buy any regular stickers from a craft store and cut them down to size.
  • Val at Cochlear Kids has some great suggestions for adding flowers and other decorative touches to CI coils.  See parts ONETWO, and THREE!
  • CICircle parent Eva runs My Magic Fairy, on online boutique that sells cochlea-inspired jewelry as well as many HA/CI accessories, including BTE clips, which connect the CI to a child’s head with a barrette for an extra layer of protection — and style!  On her site, you can also see great examples of wrapping the CI cable with embroidery floss and beads.
  • Tube Riders are small plastic figurines in a variety of designs that slide onto HA or CI earhooks.
  • Ask your audiologist about specialty earmolds — I’ve seen all different colors, swirl, camo, glitter, even glow in the dark!
  • Ear Gear covers help to secure HAs/CIs and also add decorative covers to the BTE portion of the device.
  • OtoClips attach HAs/CIs to a child’s shirt so they’re not easily lost, even if they fall of small ears!  The clips come in a variety of colors and fun animal shapes.

NOTE: It is important to make sure that all decorative touches are “acoustically transparent” — that is, they do not cover up the HA/CI microphone(s) and prevent the device from doing what it’s supposed to do — help you hear!  No matter how pretty it looks, it’s got to work as your ears before it serves as a fashion accessory!  Also, various HA/CI companies have different regulations as to what modifications you can/cannot make and still keep your device under warranty.  So read the small print, and decorate at your own risk!

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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

4 Comments

August 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Thank you for posting this! I have actually been looking for some ideas to make my son’s CI look “cool” as he would put it.

Carrie

November 14, 2010 at 12:01 am

My daughter has a cochlear implant and I always decorate hers. Sometimes I buy nail art stickers and rhinestones to decorate the coil or I use a piece of velcro and put a butterfly or flower on it. Everyone always says how cute it looks and how much it looks like a cute little hairbow or barrette.

Angel

March 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Is there anyone out there who has the Baha implant with ideas on how to decorate the processor?

Elizabeth

March 21, 2013 at 2:31 am

Hi, Angel. I have heard of people using nail decals or nail rhinestones to decorate the Baha processor. Hope that helps!