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A good analogy of HA, unilateral CI and bilateral CI for hearing people

Posted Dec 05 2008 12:59am

The following words was observed on Facebook (written by my fellow CI-bloggers) this morning.

A CI blog-friend of mine, Valerie, asked for advice on Facebook:

“Our school will have visitors out next week, how do I explain my cochlear implants and deafness without them treating me differently????

Then another CI blog-friend of mine, “the mad dasher”, Sam Spritzer, offered Valerie a very good answer, and I feel compelled to share this with my readers:

Sam Spritzer at 1:17am December 5

If I were you, I wouldn’t even worry about them treating you differently. You can tell them that CIs are the 21st century version of HAs, only better. And if you have to use an analogy, CIs to HAs are like color tv to b&w tvs. And a bi-lateral CIer is HDTV to standard color tv. Good luck!”

This was the best analogy I have seen to date, in order to explain hearing technology to hearing people. Also he is right in saying not to worry about being treated differently. It’s easy to say, of course, but there’s truth in it. I can vouch for that… Think about something else. Avoid or avert those “worry” thoughts…

So, I just want to rewrite the analogy a little bit:

Imagine hearing aids are like Black&White TV. Then CI is like color TV.

If unilateral CI is like color TV, then bilateral CI is like HDTV.

      
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