First summer beach vacation with my cochlear implant. I’m so happy to have the waterproof Neptune processor because I don’t have to worry about protecting my new equipment from the elements. I even took a quick dip in the ocean with it on! Although it’s not officially rated for salt water. However, it continues to function so I don’t think any harm was done. And I’m loving the off the ear design in hot sticky weather. Much more comfortable I think.
Aside from the equipment itself, what’s different now?
- The soft sand makes noise as I walk through it.
- The sound of the waves is SO much louder than I knew!
- I can hear the sounds of voices across the Provincetown Bay tidal flats. I can’t understand what they’re saying but I am reminded that I’m not alone.
- The beach umbrella flapping in a strong wind is loud.
- Riding bikes with my sister I can hear what she’s saying, as she rides in front of me. Sometimes. This is an improvement.
- I’m starting to hear differences in bird calls. My sister points out the distinctive call of the cardinal. Pretty cool.
- I hear the sounds of gray seals just off shore at a National Seashore spot in Truro. They sound funny.