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Time to Reminisce

September 9th, 2008 by | Tags: | 4 Comments »

Writing about all of the processor upgrades in my last post made me nostalgic.  After all, most of those implant advances have occurred in my lifetime and, since I’ve been doing this as my life’s cause since about the age of 10, I’ve been aware of many of them as they’ve happened.  Here’s what I remember…


  • I remember harnesses and fanny packs.  They weren’t a bad thing, in fact, they were just so much a part of my friends (and later, my students), that it just seemed like the two went together in my mind.  That’s just who they were.  That’s just what a CI was… I never thought a BTE CI would even be possible…
  • … then, a few short years later, around 1998, I remember sitting in the audiologist’s office with my friend Lauren when she received her first BTE ESPrit processor.  We were in middle school, and it was WAY COOL.
  • I remember Advanced Bionic’s Platinum Sound Processor (PSP Bodyworn), fondly known as “The Tank”… some families still use this today for children because it can take a beating
  • I remember when unilateral implants were “the thing”.  In fact, I was thinking about it the other day, at the time, I don’t believe I even thought two implants were possible.  There’s no reason why not — two ears, two implants — duh!  But at the time… it just wasn’t done!

We’ve come a long way.


What do YOU remember about your old “ears”?

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September 9, 2008 at 5:26 am

Gage had to put on his “old ear” last week. I had already put his in the machine (dry n store) which I do at bedtime but he needed a snack and some GREAT, AWESOME, show was on that he just had to hear (captions wouldn’t suffice). So I had to drag out the old dinosaur and he just chuckled when he put that on. He wears a Freedom BTE normally and this was an Sprint Bodyworn, big and chunky. He laughed because he actually sat it on the arm of the sofa while he watched tv. He said it sounded different, not near as clear and he didn’t like it. But ya know, he learned to talk w/that thing. He wore it for almost three years.


September 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Well, Elliot still has one old one, and one new one as of last week! The Opus is smaller, and his piano teacher said he had his best lesson ever on Monday… he was detecting pitch changes with ease and duplicating simple musical phrases by himself. Woohoo! Today he realized that he could hear a faint beep which was the sound which his processor makes to let him know (and not us!) that his CI has only a few minutes before the batteries will go deaf (and at that time, the lights will flash). He didn’t hear it happen the first time we changed batteries, so that was interesting.

So we don’t have a lot of old memories, but I remember hearing aids with great chagrin. CIs are much easier for babies and toddlers… while I’m sure it is easier for self-sufficient adults, I sure am glad we are past that stage!

I can’t wait to identify new things about the Opuses, but so far, so good!


September 9, 2008 at 8:23 pm

AMY: Wow! I know that one of the things Med-El was touting about the Opus2 was the better music appreciation — sounds like they were right, at least in Elliot’s case. That’s fantastic!

kaedi harris

September 10, 2008 at 7:02 am

I remember wearing a pack in the middle of my chest which I had to wear like a bag but in front. This was before hearing aids and before my CI. It was not fun! I remember it was quite heavy to carry around and had it til I was 6.