Amanda breaks her hearing record!

Hi everyone!

Cochlear Nucleus 6 Blog  It has been a while since my first blog post and so much has happened. I am especially excited to tell you about my recent upgrade to the Cochlear™ Nucleus® 6!

I am still adjusting but so far I really like them. The main difference is the SmartSound® iQ, which manages different types of sound automatically so you don’t have to worry about changing to a different program. The programs you have in older processors (i.e Everyday, Focus, Noise and Music) can now be all automated!

And another pretty cool thing is that it has wind reduction! It is perfect for where I live – Wellington, the windiest city in the Southern Hemisphere. I haven’t had a chance to experiment with it too much as it’s been winter and I haven’t been outside much. I’ll be sure to let you know when I do.

The first week after the upgrade, it felt like I wasn’t hearing a lot and I was missing background information, which was unnerving. All this is normal while you adjust, I have always been used to having background noise so having less of this now takes a bit of getting used to. I did notice, however that I could pick up speech much clearer and easier.

Last weekend I went out for brunch with a good friend of mine, usually I would have some trouble hearing in the café, but I didn’t. It was great! I was picking up on everything she said. Win 🙂

The Nucleus 6 also comes with optional wireless accessories. There is the mini microphone, a TV streamer and a Bluetooth phone clip.

I have the wireless mini mic and let me tell you – it’s amazing! It is so cool to finally not have to wear ‘special’ earphones or hooks when listening to music – this means when I am using the mic, all I need to do is activate streaming on the processor or Remote Assistant/Control and it’ll connect! I have total freedom moving around with no wires or external receivers; you just have to be within seven meters of the MiniMic.

I have tried placing the mic in front of the TV speakers and found the speech clearer; I have listened to music with it plugged into my phone or iPod and I loved it. I have yet to try it in formal situations but I have meetings at work coming up where I will try this, again I’ll keep you posted. Both the remote and the mini mic stays in my handbag all the time as it’s so easy to whip out when I need it. Cool eh?

The Nucleus 6 is a lot smaller than the Freedom® and slightly shorter than the Nucleus 5. I chose a brown processor to match my hair colour but you can also order coloured covers to snap on. I have the pink (this is Barbie pink, guys!), blue, grey smoke and black swirls. I’m going to customise a set to match my NZ kit so I’ll be sure to post this when it’s done!

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I’ll be back soon once I’ve tried out a few more features, but in the meantime if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below.

Amanda 🙂

Letting go and letting him.

The hall is lined with a super warm sleeping bag, a comfy mattress, a bag stuffed full of warm clothes, then a smaller bag that, to me, is the most important of them all – the bag containing Isaac’s Cochlear™ parts and accessories.

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This is the moment that I’d hoped for but am not ready to let happen. This was it, the plan we had as parents. We wanted Isaac to have the same opportunities in life as his three older brothers. The long weekend here in Melbourne hosts the sporting event: “State Youth Games” that my older boys have participated in with not much thought from me. This time is different – but is it?

Isaac is fully independent. He’s able to listen well, assess situations and is part of anything he wishes (all true in my mind). Then I think about the mud, the rain, the games, the … the fact that I’m not with him.

My need to worry is diminished by the Mini Mic and the Aqua+ accessory If it pours with rain (as it tends to do on these camps) Isaac can still participate in the sports without having to be embarrassed by leaving the field. The Mini Mic reassures me that he can be communicated with and hear the calls of the referees and leaders.

So, really what am I concerned about? The fact that my boy is growing up? The fact that he no longer needs me like he used to? I know Cochlear have provided him the very best potential for a wonderful life, and we have skilled him as much as we can as parents, so he can truly live life to the fullest.

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Isaac (middle) with his brothers.

So, it’s a coffee for me, and preparing the laundry for his muddy return and just being grateful that the journey has been all we’d hoped for and worked towards.

Funny, the only concern for Isaac is that he gets the mandatory designer hoodie that comes with those who participate in the events.

So chill out Mum and enjoy the peace of a quiet home for the weekend.

From Mel M.