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Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« on: December 04, 2018, 07:41:37 AM »
Hello Guys & gals,

Do you know of any helmet that will fit someone with 2 Cochlear implants ?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochlear_implant

Looking for a full faced helmet if even possible.

Thanks!

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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 12:01:33 PM »
I don't know of any specifically, but most quality helmets have removable inner pieces, and moreover the pads are modular meaning that you can mix and match to fit your head. Perhaps contact one of the big names, Arai, Shoei or other and ask them directly. I would imagine that this question has come up at least once before.

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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 01:59:43 PM »
I agree with 31, contact the maker of the helmet you are interested in directly and most would be happy to help you custom fit it.

I don't know how difficult it is to remove/install the external part of the implant system, but you don't really want it on while riding.  It would just be pumping a bunch of wind noise into your head.  If the "stub" of the implant isn't very large it might not be an issue with the external parts removed.
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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 03:44:01 PM »
Thanks guys!
A lot of good suggestions, I have contacted all the big companies.
The device is attached by magnet, so it isn't an issue.

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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2018, 04:06:46 PM »
Let us know how you make out. I am curious to know what happens. :821:

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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2018, 09:12:24 PM »
Will do  :018:

*Originally Posted by ThirtyOne [+]
Let us know how you make out. I am curious to know what happens. :821:

I got a response from shoei & HJC - not really saying much.
I'll wait for the others.

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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2018, 10:48:15 PM »
*Originally Posted by Or [+]
Thanks guys!
A lot of good suggestions, I have contacted all the big companies.
The device is attached by magnet, so it isn't an issue.

bet some of these guys could give you some good info....http://www.askdeaf.com/listing/deaf-bikers-uk-4d51834acb489.html

My old fella had implants, but the sound quality used to drive him nuts. I also work with kids with 'sonic ears' on a regular basis...the number of times I forget to switch the transmitter off when I'm in the Staff room! bet they know some new words!!!

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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2018, 10:59:21 PM »
another option might be to speak to companies who do bespoke ear moulds for racing comms and the like. They may be able to suggest a gizmo to extend the mic so that it fits elsewhere in the helmet, rather than behind your ear but still provide a suitable signal....worth a shot? That'd be a great project for someone in that line of work....
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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2018, 07:09:24 AM »
What an awesome idea!!
Although having to use an implant, means that ear moulds doesn't really work any more (the hair inside the ear doesn't exist - thus not transferring any sound (well, it is some sort of hair (-:)), it might be possible to create some sort of extension to the interpreter module. so thank you for that idea - I'll give it a go.

*Originally Posted by Jonathan [+]
another option might be to speak to companies who do bespoke ear moulds for racing comms and the like.
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Re: Riding with a Cochlear implant -any helmet available ?
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 06:50:45 PM »
*Originally Posted by Or [+]
What an awesome idea!!
Although having to use an implant, means that ear moulds doesn't really work any more (the hair inside the ear doesn't exist - thus not transferring any sound (well, it is some sort of hair (-:)), it might be possible to create some sort of extension to the interpreter module. so thank you for that idea - I'll give it a go.

I'm sure you'll find a good solution. The key will be mic position so the audio signals you receive are representative of the environment. I know the active noise-cancelling technology has come on in leaps and bounds recently, as has micro-cable quality (and even wire-free audio!), so if you manage to find a company worth their salt, there's definitely scope for a bespoke solution....

Let us know how you get on... :028:

quickest and easiest option is to tailor the ear surround inserts to suit as suggested, but a techy fix would be useful...

Schuberth are genrally considered  to be at the forefront of motorcycle helmet design from a noise reduction standpoint so one of their tech supports maybe able to point you in the direction of some research data 

 


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