Saturday, June 20, I received my Cochlear Implant. With all personnel wearing masks I wondered how I would “hear” anything said to me. I have 0% word recognition without lip reading. With everyone wearing a mask I needed something to help me as lip reading is impossible. As soon as I walked into the facility I turned on the Google Live Transcribe app on my phone. It works without WiFi but cellphone signals are notoriously poor inside some buildings so I asked the desk for their WiFi guest codes and turned it on. From then on I could “hear” what was said to me and in fact, what I said. The nurses were amazed. I soon had half a dozen or more of them at my bedside talking and looking at my screen (social distancing?). Sadly, many of them had iPhones and this is an Android app. Perhaps the only Android app that’s better than anything iPhone has. I’m sure iPhone will get it sooner or later or create one similar but I’m hanging on to my Android phone! Even though the Nucleus7 processor I will receive is “Made for iPhone” meaning music and phone calls are streamed to the processor without a streamer by bluetooth.
I had worried about going into surgery without being able to hear the masked staff but they let me keep my phone. I had refused pre-surgery sedation as that in my previous experiences causes nausea so I was wide awake when wheeled in. In fact I was still holding the phone when I felt the anesthetic going into my vein. When I woke up in recovery they handed it back to me. I must say the staff was very helpful.
I hope my experience is helpful to anyone needing to be with masked people.