I know this topic has been touched on before, but I’d like to ask again in 2021, as connectivity has improved and Cochlear has updated it’s technology. I am looking closely at the Nucleus 7 Cochlear processor as I am getting ready for a CI sometime this year. It is my hope that I might not be so dependent on things such as streaming phonecalls and TV. So I would like to draw on the experience of those who have been using the Nucleus 7 and their opinion on the accessories and their usefulness. With all the gadgets on offer, it leads me to wonder exactly how much improvement I can expect from the Implant!
Phone Clip - I was really hoping I might regain the ability to hear on my mobile phone without streaming by just holding it to my ear like a normal person - or putting it on speaker. Is this realistic? Or is handsfree talking the object of the phone clip?
Mini Mic2+ - does this take the place of any of the other accessories? If it can be used on a table to pick up group conversation - would it work at picking up the dialogue on the TV, thus negating the need for a TV streamer? Again, is it realistic to think that getting an implant might give me more speech recognition so that I won’t need these extras?
Aqua Kit - As I spend summers beside a lake, I think this accessory (though it seems ridiculously expensive) would be practical so that I can feel more secure in a canoe etc. without feer of landing unexpectedly in the water with my processor on. I’m not entirely sure that I would feel confident actually wearing it for swimming, though. Thoughts?
Battery Chargers - USB charger, or Y charger, or both?
I understand everyone’s lifestyles differ, but I would be very interested to know what accessories you consider essential and why? Thanks in advance!