Getting Active With a Cochlear Implant

Getting Active With a Cochlear Implant


Having a cochlear implant should not severely limit your ability to play sports, but care must be taken to protect your implant.

When participating in sport activities:

  • Protect your head and avoid blows to the head.
  • Avoid contact sports such as boxing. Boxing is not recommended for cochlear implant wearers, with and without wearing your sound processor.
  • Prevent moisture damage by protecting the processor from sweat and use a drying system, like the PerfectDry™ daily to prevent moisture build-up in your processor.
  • Wear a protective helmet for sports such as cycling, horse riding, sailing, skiing, etc. Choose a quality helmet that is both comfortable and easily adjustable. This will reduce the pressure exerted over your implant and surgery scar, which can result in skin breakdown.
  • Attach your processor to your clothes to prevent loss. There are various retention methods that allow you to secure your processor to your clothes. Then, if it falls, the speech processor will be connected to you! You can also use a support tip, like an earmold, in your ear for more security and discretion.

Most water sports pose no risk to cochlear implants if you remove your sound processor or use a waterproof pouch/case to protect it.

  • If you are using goggles or a diving mask, take care not to cinch the elastic tightly over the implant site.
  • Scuba diving beyond a depth of 20 m is not recommended for cochlear implant users. It is best to avoid exposing the implant to excessive pressure. In addition, professional deep-sea diving is strongly discouraged for cochlear implant users.
  • Always wear a helmet for activities such as sailing, canoeing, or kayaking.

Contact your audiologist or cochlear implant manufacturer for more information regarding your cochlear implant model and any further recommendations.

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