The article about Cecile, a near deaf former nurse, now 95 years old, triggered many reader responses. The majority suggested “voice to text” communication. I was greatly helped by the suggestion by Liz of Londonderry. I quote her email in its entirety:
“My husband and I are hard of hearing and utilize all sorts of technology to hear better, including hearing aids. On our iPad, we have an app called a Flip Writer. This enables us to speak to someone using voice recognition. The two individuals using this app speak to each other and can read on iPad what each is saying. The app could be very useful for doctor appointments and for all of Cecile’s communication needs.
The app, Flip Writer, costs $24.99. If you would like a demo of this app, call Joan Marcoux at (603) 271-9097. She works as a specialist for the Department of Health & Human Services, state of New Hampshire, and provides assistance to persons, who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually or speech impaired.”
I received an email from Joan, who stated she is willing to demonstrate the app to Cecile. Therefore, a somewhat permanent solution has been worked out.
A smaller group suggested cochlear implant operations. Laura of Exeter sent a detailed email about the benefits of cochlear implants, and strongly recommended Medel, a Swiss firm with distribution representatives in the United States. In New Hampshire, it is represented by Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon.
According to Laura, to wear this device is easy and the effect is as though the hearing has been totally resurrected. She states “a potential candidate must first receive a qualifying test (you need to be deaf “enough”) and a CAT scan or MRI to make sure all the cochlea physical needs are there but the rest is up to the brain once the implant is activated.” Being a total outsider to this type of medical procedure, I abstain to make any comment except that you should visit read the description under Med-EL...