As a cochlear implant user, it's important to take steps to prepare for civil emergencies, such as natural disasters or other crises. Here are a few tips:
In addition, these are also helpful things to have in a grab bag at the ready:
Remember, it's important to regularly check and update your emergency kit to make sure it contains all the necessary items and that they are in good condition.
CARRY A MEDIC ALERT
A medical alert tag can also help in emergency situations where you may not be able to communicate effectively with rescuers or your implants have fallen off/been lost. Make sure to include your important information such as name, contact information, your hearing loss and cochlear implants and any additional medical conditions or allergies. This way, emergency services will have all the information they need to provide you with appropriate help and care.
Let people know where your emergency kit is and what they need to know in case something happens.
Having a portable charger for your phone is a great idea. It ensures that you can stay connected and communicate even if your sound processor battery dies. The health apps can also be a valuable tool for keeping important information about your cochlear implants and health status easily accessible.
Additionally, it's important to educate your friends, family, and coworkers about your cochlear implants, what they do, and how to help you in an emergency. Make sure they know where your emergency kit is located and what to do in case of an emergency. This way, you'll have peace of mind knowing that you're prepared for any unexpected situations.
It's always a good idea to plan ahead and stay informed in case of any emergency, and these tips can help cochlear implant users be better prepared.