This brilliant post comes from Gill Pestell, who is effectively totally deaf but receives great benefit from her cochlear implant. You may perhaps recognise her from the long-standing work she has done as a volunteer for the charity Hearing Link.
Please read and share widely. It will help to ensure that people who rely on hearing devices have them handled correctly in an emergency situation.
The niggling worry
For ages I have had in the back of my mind a worry that if I was ill or had an accident nobody would know what to do about my Cochlear Implant processor. Even my husband doesn’t know more about it than how to change batteries (and only because he sometimes does that if I am driving on a long journey!).
I have often meant to sit down and write a document that I could carry with me and take with me in the event that I find myself in hospital. I never got around to doing it until the coronavirus pandemic concentrated my mind.
I have now created that document and I felt it might be useful to share it as a template. I am sure many others are equally anxious about their hearing devices and how they will be handled if they find themselves unwell or incapacitated.
In Case of Emergency (ICE)
The template I’ve created will allow you to insert your own personal details and use what I’ve said about my device to guide you on what you might perhaps want to say about your own.
I have also printed a shorter version that I always carry with me when I’m out and about. It is headed ‘In Case of Emergency’ and is just the top part of the first page of the template document, plus information about contacts, medication and a sentence about my implant and where detailed information can be found on the internet.
Hopefully all this will never be needed but it gives me peace of mind knowing I have it ready just in case. When you rely on a hearing device for communication, you can feel very vulnerable without it and anxious that others will have the information they need to help out in an emergency situation.
I hope this is useful to you.