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Review: Ear Gear

June 20th, 2012 by | Tags: , | 6 Comments »

Several weeks ago, Ear Gear contacted me and asked me if I was interested in trying out their products, Ear Gear Cochlear Corded,  Ear Gear Cochlear Mono Corded, Ear Gear Cochlear Cordless, that claim to protect sound processors from dirt, moisture, and loss and writing a review about the products.

I have to admit that while I was more than delighted to try out something new, I was skeptical about whether or not it would benefit me personally as someone who uses sound processors that are already water resistance and have protection against dirt.  For your information, I currently hear with Nucleus 5 Sound Processors.  I couldn’t be anymore wrong!  When I saw that the Ear Gears came with a clip and a string attached to the covers, I thought, “These are PERFECT for amusement park rides, kayaking, canoeing, sail boat rides, ski lift rides and other activities where the sound processors can potentially fall off of the head.”  I will certainly be saving Ear Gears to use them when going on extreme activities.  Ear Gears are also great for infants and toddlers who are prone to losing their sound processors, as they are quite active.

Placing Ear Gear on Advanced Bionic’s Harmony Sound Processor

While I tried Ear Gears on the Nucleus 5 Sound Processors and Nucleus Freedom Sound processors, I also had an opportunity to visit my audiologist and try Ear Gears on other sound processors, MED-EL’s Opus 2 and Advanced Bionic’s Harmony.  Ear Gears fit very well on all four of the sound processors.  The sound processors with Ear Gears on them sat comfortably on my head.  While it was easy to place Ear Gears on the sound processors, there was only one small problem.  I found that because Advanced Bionic’s T-mic on the Harmony Sound Processor is big and long, I have to first place one end of Ear Gear through the T-Mic and then put the other end from the bottom of the sound processor.

 

While the Harmony Sound Processor is advertised to be “splash and sweat proof” and Opus 2 Sound Processor is advertised to be “water tolerant,” they have no formal IP rating.  Thus, Ear Gears are great for protecting these sound processors against water and dust.  Nucleus Freedom Sound Processor is IP44, which means that it is protected against most wires and screws and water splash against the enclosure from any direction.  So, while the rating is good, I would still suggest wearing Ear Gear with Nucleus Freedom Sound Processors when participating in water-related activities because sometimes the sound processors will cut off when getting too much water in them.  

Then, of course, there is Advanced Bionic’s Neptune™.  While Ear Gear certainly doesn’t work on the Neptune™, it is also not needed, as it has IP68, which means that it is swimmable and fully protected against dust.  It also can’t get lost as it’s clipped onto a piece of clothing, harness or an armband.

Overall, I would certainly recommend Ear Gears primarily for securing them onto clothing for extreme activities and protection against  water and dust for some of the sound processors.  As of today until June 30th, Ear Gear has a sale!  All products are 20% off!

*DISCLAIMER* While Ear Gear did contact Cochlear Implant Online to try their products for free and write a review, neither Cochlear Implant Online nor its contributors are paid, or endorsed, by Ear Gear.  We are not affiliated with Ear Gear in any way.  The views expressed here are solely my own.

 

6 Comments

James

July 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Good morning, hope you are well.
I recently purchased some ear gear, and while I find it very easy to get over my HA, I find it very puzzling to get it over my Medel Opus 2 CI. May I ask how you didi it?
It seems like the only way to get it on is to take it apart, as you cannot detach the cord without doing so. The issue is that you cannot pur the CI back together while it is in the sleeve, so it is a catch 22 situation.
The alternative it to cut it along the spine, the ear gear that is, but that sort of defeats the purpose of having it in the first place….LOL
James

Rachel

July 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

Hi James,

I put the Ear Gear over the hook of MED-EL Opus 2 first and then the bottom part of the gear on the bottom.

Staci

September 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Hi! Thank you for reviewing these. I’m looking for something to cut down on wind noise on the soccer field. Do you think these would help? Thanks!

Mirran hall

August 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Do you have a wireless mic

Jeffrey Bushnell

August 22, 2014 at 1:50 am

Could you send me an e.mail address for order parts for the Cochlear Implant please thank you.

August 25, 2014 at 12:30 am

Hello, Jeffrey. Cochlear Implant Online provides information on cochlear implants and listening and spoken language, but we are not affiliated with any of the CI manufacturers and do not sell CI parts. The best thing to do would be to contact your manufacturer directly or speak with your audiologist.