One complaint that cochlear implant users often have is that the behind-the-ear speech processor component doesn't feel secure, or it falls off frequently. Depending on the device, there are a few options for you to try to better secure your device:
- Hair tape - can be placed on the processor on the side that is closest to the head. It will stick to the skin, helping to hold it in place. While it is effective, it can get a little gooey.
- Earmolds - are a nice option to anchor the device in the ear, especially for active patients who like playing sports. The earmold can be a simple skeleton mold with open vents to reduce the "plugged up" feeling.
- Huggies - are stretch tubing components that encircle the ear and attach to the processor by using a stretch band. For some devices, these may be called Mic locks or snuggies.
- Critter clips -won't help keep the device on, but will catch it if it falls off before the device hits the floor. A claw clip is attached to a string. The string is secured around the cable portion of the processor, and the clip is attached to your shirt.