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Debbie M. - Cochlear Ambassador (PA)

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February 16, 2010
posted by  Debbie M. - Cochlear Ambassador (PA)


I'm a little self-conscious of the magnet/wire on my head and mostly wear my hair down to cover it. (see my profile pic)

 

My hair is thin so I really have to check with a mirror to make sure it's covered. I was curious how other people wear their hair? 

 

I guess I just have to get un-self-conscious. I just wish the wire wasn't so long. It get's tangled up in my hair. I wonder if I can get a shorter wire?

 

It'll be tricky when I have 2 CI's!

 

 

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February 16, 2010

Hi Debbie. Check out Denise Portis and how she wears her hair. She decorates her CI processor and magnet. I thought that the length of the "wire" could be made shorter. Let me know if this is true.
 
Cathy M

February 16, 2010

I've never worn my hair up with my hearing aids. I was pretty self-conscious. With the CI I don't seem to mind if the wire pokes out, my hair is pretty thin also. I do occasionally wear my hair in a pony tail at home but I find the magnet doesn't stay on very well over my hair. I do like Denise's glammed up processor. I will probably use those decorative covers on my N5s when I get them. I got the leopard print to start with, I might as well show them off.
 
Rustycms~ Cochlear Awareness Network Ambassador

February 16, 2010

My hair still don't cover my lawnmower job. hehe!! I actually don't mind, I did have my hairdresser even it up some , but it will be awhile. there 's a gap along the neckline I have a 2 and a 1/2 inch wire. Good Luck , Take Care, Rusty
 
Ingrid

February 16, 2010

I agree the 2in wire is long for me too. A straighter path from magnet to sound processor would be easier. It comes in 3 length make sure you have the shortest. I usually don't care if it shows. What I don't like is I have a beige HA and a black processor. My hair is fine too and usually wear it down or loose ponytail. Ingrid
 
Cathy M

February 16, 2010

I have the 2 inch also. I think that is the shortest they make.
 
MargoK-Cochlear Volunteer Ambassador

February 16, 2010

My first ci surgery in 1989 has resulted in slower hair growth on the implant side. So, I keep my hair pretty short to help keep it balanced looking. I had thick hair as a young adult but my hair has thinned over the years, which has made my cochlear implant processors quite visible. I figure I might as well have fun with my processors and often my processors are decorated with stickers. Stickers aren't just for the young but for the young at heart also. I'm also not self-conscious about my processors as they are so tiny and with such a short cable compared to the bulky body level processors with long cables(which would bow out when they would get stiff) that I wore in the first 13 years of having a ci. I use the short 2" coil/cable with both processors. So, I just get a haircut that looks good on me and don't worry about the processors as I see them as my special tools for hearing and my badges of ci joy! with double ci joy, Margo
 
tee11

February 16, 2010

I stopped worrying about what others think. We're hearing and understanding and that's great.
 
EllenBR

February 16, 2010

I like the 2" coil/cable, too. I found the longer one tangled in my hair and tended to pull the processor back and rubbed on my ear. My hair is still growing out and thin, too, so I part it on the opposite side so the heaviest hair hangs on that side. Ellen
 
barbw

February 16, 2010

I've been self conscience too as I've always worn short hair. I had the hairdresser taper it longer on the CI side to try and hide the magnet and processor and after 10 months am to the point where I don't really care any more if the wire, and processor show as I love short hair!!! Barb
 
Lesley

February 17, 2010

I certainly don't have thin hair, but my audiologist told me that the shorter the coil cable, the better. I think the standard one that's ordered is the 3", but more people are finding that they like the 2" better. It depends where your implant is located in relation to your processor, but as long as the magnet can reach up to the internal magnet, it should be long enough. If it's too long, on the other hand, it can get all curled up or stick out weirdly. It also makes the coil more likely to fall off. Anyway, have your audiologist call Cochlear and request the 2" cable. (Apparently they give less trouble when the audiologists call, rather than the recipients)
 
Bumble607

February 17, 2010

Good advice! I'll double check to see what length wire I'm getting. I am a petite person, so that will be an issue with me. I ordered the fuschia cover, by the way!
 
resourceteacher

October 27, 2011

I must have the short wire. I currently have very thick wavy hair, but am going to have my hairstylist cut it short underneath so my processor does not get so tangle in the mass. I am hoping the magnet will fit better. I do not feel self-conscious as I can hear. I have the zebra stripes, but I am ordering more from skin-its.
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