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Ripping it up with adaptive technology: Part 3 of 32012-12-03 10:02:00
Hard to believe we’re into
December, this year has been my quickest yet. It’s true what they say, everything gets a bit faster the more seasons you’re lucky
enough to get under your belt.
I’m Single Sided Deaf (SSD)
in my right ear and have moderate hearing loss in my left. Just want to share
my final impressions and experience with some adaptive technology that has
changed my life: The Phonak BiCros hearing aid.
I am Bionic Man: It has
Bluetooth, and the remote is worn around my neck, I hear the phone ring and the
caller’s voice from the devices inside my ears. I can also play Joni Mitchell’s
“Both Sides Now” through my iPhone and hear the music through the hearing aids.
Thanks to the smart people at Apple, I can use the onboard accessibility
features of the iPhone to switch the signal from stereo to mono. This also
means I can also use regular headphones without my hearing aids in and still
hear the full signal. But that’s for my “Why I love iDevices” post.
I set up a music program with
the audiologist I use when I’m playing drums at rehearsal and at shows. The music
setting boosts the bass and treble and reduces the mid-range, so I can better
hear instruments on the right side of my body, something I have had a problem
with since I went deaf on that side. Being Single Sided Deaf didn’t take away
from my ability to “rip it up” on the drums, but the BiCros has given me
“bigger ears,” as musicians like to say.
I hear the cashier at the
grocery store, I hear the kid try to sell me cables I don’t need when I buy a
new TV. I hear the woman at Starbucks ask me if I’d like a bite to eat once
I’ve ordered a Triple-Venti-Non Fat-Half Sweet Mocha. I don’t have to rely on
my eyes as much to lip read. Shazam!
It no longer matters where I
sit in restaurants, or meetings. I can hear my beautiful wife Tess when I’m
driving with her in the passenger seat. Although I now have a mute button I can
use when she is telling me something I don’t want to hear, like “John, you
don’t really need another vintage drumkit,” or “John, you already have two
This device is amazing and
I’m grateful to have it in my life. It’s thanks to my colleagues who are blind
and partially sighted at CNIB that I had another look at this adaptive
technology and decided to take the plunge. Thanks to Debbie Gillespie and