One of the most frequently misquoted claims CI manufacturers make about their product is where do they draw the line between water RESISTANT and water PROOF. Water resistance would imply incidental exposure to water…a splash, raindrops, sweat, etc. Water proof…well, lets just say all you need to do is dunk it in water and see if it still works. MY CI manufacturer, Advanced Bionics, warranties the processor as being water resistant. But PAINT RESISTANT or PAINT PROOF?????? Read on!
I attended the Bionic Ear Association (BEA) chapter leader and mentoring training last week at the new AB corporate headquarters in Valencia, CA. This is the perfect opportunity to show my colleagues how durable their cochlear implants are…..please don’t try this at home though.
Although the t-mic eventually succumbed to the paint or water, the processor continued to work! This happened while I was doing demolishing / renovations / painting work. I went to paint roller the ceiling and bent over backwards. Even though the left ear processor sits inside the top of my ear, the weight of it all keeps it in place. So, imagine what happens when you bend over backwards. Try it!
When I showed my colleagues at the training and the employees of AB, you had to see the expression on their faces. Meanwhile, I challenge anyone with a Cochlear America or Med-El CI to do the same thing and see if it works OR, will the manufacturer replace it free of charge?
So…here is your living proof that AB makes the most durable and reliable Cochlear Implant on the market!