You know what I really like about cochlear implants versus my hearing aids? When the battery dies, that is IT. There’s no wishy-washy period where it sounds like things aren’t as clear but…am I imagining it? Maybe I’m just getting a cold or something (which used to affect my hearing). With the hearing aid batteries, it seemed like things would get kind of ‘soft’ and I didn’t always have a battery tester handy to check. Eventually I’d get aggravated enough to change batteries, which sometimes helped and sometimes I just couldn’t tell. Did I waste a perfectly good battery by throwing it away and putting in a new one?
With the CIs, I never notice a period of sound getting fuzzy or softer or whatever. As far as I can tell, when my rechargeable batteries are losing power, it doesn’t affect how my CIs perform. But when they are out of power, BAM. The CI just turns off completely. It’s very decisive and “Okay, go put a new battery in now…no question about it.” I love it!