Staying active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and cochlear implants can help bring your workout to the next level.
Meet Carly S., a Cochlear™ Nucleus® 6 and Cochlear™ Kanso® recipient whose life changed when she received a Cochlear™ Implant.
Carly maintains an active lifestyle—she loves to run, weight lift, bike ride, snowboard, and swim. She played lacrosse competitively in college and she now referees lacrosse games.
Benefits of wireless streaming
She said the coolest part about exercising with a Cochlear Implant is the ability to stream audio wirelessly from her phone to her processor.
“I feel like it changes the way I work out,” she said. “I’m completely plugged into music whenever I work out.”
Carly also enjoys being able to download apps with training programs, such as yoga classes, and listen to them directly whenever she chooses.
“I can listen to the instructor teach a yoga class, without having to go to yoga. I love that,” she said.
Finding the perfect fit
Carly recalls that when she was playing lacrosse competitively—before she received her Cochlear Implant—hearing was a constant struggle.
“When they would blow the whistle, I would always go three extra steps,” she said. “I would stop when I saw everyone else stop, not because I heard the whistle.”
Now, as a lacrosse referee, she said she is able to hear many of the sounds she missed before.
“The whistle is nice and crisp now,” she said.
Depending on what she is doing, Carly said she often switches between the Nucleus 6 and the Kanso Sound Processors.
When she goes running or weight lifting, she wears her Kanso processor and uses her hair or a headband to help secure it in place. If she wants extra retention, she temporarily switches to a higher magnet strength.
Carly said she prefers to wear the Nucleus 6 Sound Processor when she is snowboarding or biking, because she can comfortably wear it underneath her helmets.
“I think biking is so much more enjoyable now,” she said. “I listen to really relaxing music, (whereas) when I wore hearing aids I would just hear the wind.”
Her advice to others is to make sure to bring spare batteries to a sporting or athletic event, especially if hearing is vital to the activity.
She also recommends using accessories to make the most of your workout.
“My advice is to take advantage of the fact that you can stream music underwater, or while running, or stream workouts,” she said. “There are a lot of advantages to being able to work out with a Cochlear Implant, specifically because of the accessories.”
Don’t forget to accessorize
The Aqua+1-5 is a waterproof accessory which allows you to swim underwater, in salt water, and completely submerged. You can swim and bathe without the need for any cumbersome cables, cases or a special sound processor specifically for water activities.
The Mini Mic 2+6 is perfect to hear your jogging partner or gym buddy while on the go. Simply clip it to their shirt collar or place it near them and it will stream the sound of their voice directly to your processor.
The Phone Clip allows you to stream audio between your processor and a Bluetooth® enabled phone—so you can take calls or stream music while working out.
For more information on playing sports with a Cochlear Implant, check out the lifestyle guide or these related posts:
Touchdown! 5 tips for parents to help young athletes succeed on and off the field
How to talk to coaches and teammates about your hearing loss
Keeping your processor secure: what you need to know about Cochlear retention accessories
Here comes the sun: 10 tips for an active summer with a Cochlear implant or Baha device
Fun in the Sun: 6 Tips for Wearing Your Processor Outdoors