Carly's Dream to Swim w/ Her "Ears On" & Upgrading CI Parts
Organized by: Nancy Armour
EVENT DATE May 15, 2015
My daughter was born profoundly deaf in both ears. She had surgery and received her first cochlear implant on her left ear in 2005 and second one on her right ear in 2010. It has really enhanced her ability to discriminate speech and sounds and even improved her speech.
If you know Carly, then you know how much she LOVES sports and water! She’s a FISH! There is a new device that’s been out for a couple of years called “Aqua” which will allow her to wear her cochlear implants in the water without them getting wet and damaged. She'd be able to communicate with her peers and family while swimming, tubing, etc. It has been her dream to get one but the price has prevented her from doing so. http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/us/recipients/nucleus-5/nucleus-5-accessories/aqua-plus
Additionally, she needs new rechargeable batteries so that she can hear throughout the day. Her current two will only last 10 hours which means it dies around 5pm. They are pricey and cost $216 each and she needs at least two equaling $432. She also needs a part called the “coil” that attaches to her head which costs $195 each and she needs two totaling the price of $390. There are shipping and misc expenses involved, too. She does not have insurance on her cochlear implants because it is approximately $900 for one cochlear implant per year, which means it’d cost her $1800 each year just to have her CIs covered.
Will you join me in meeting my daughter’s dream of having the ability to communicate with her hearing peers & family when she is in the water and help her maximize her hearing performance by replacing the worn-out parts ? I know she and our family would be forever grateful! Thank you.