Technology is not always designed with people with extra needs in mind but with small tweaks to existing devices, solution can be created that can make a huge impact in someones life.
Despite all of the challenges…..the device failures, the vestibular loss and struggle to balance, the too-frequent falls with bloody noses and a scraped face, the night-blindness, the communication breakdowns, the constant struggle to learn more in as short amount of time as possible, and all of the appointments……… Rebecca is thriving. There may be falls, […]
So we now know that Rebecca’s cochlear implants will be replaced and the date for her surgery is scheduled for June 4th. Both will be removed and replaced which will add to a growing list of failed implants. Leading up to the determination that Rebecca will be re-implanted we have been following the failure rate […]
Got this notification wearable a lot further than I expected. Still needs a ton of refinement before it will be usable but I would say this is about halfway to being a viable tool for Rebecca to wear. Next step with this is to reconfigure the hardware so that it can be embedded into a […]
Building a haptic watch for Rebecca while she is going through cochlear implant revision surgery to enhance our ability to communicate.
We found out today that both of Rebecca’s cochlear implants need to be ex-planted and re-implanted. We are heartbroken. The feelings are bringing me back to a time not too long ago when Rebecca had not yet heard a single sound. She hadn’t heard a bird chirp, her sisters laugh, or her mom tell her […]
Rebecca had testing of her cochlear implants today and more failures were discovered.
We speak with our voices, but our faces tell the story
Rebecca continues to show signs of internal device failure as shown in the video below. She is reporting that we sound quiet to her and she has been talking much louder lately as she is having a difficult time hearing herself. Its hard to know if this is the result of a faulty microphone in […]
The true impact of testing loopholes in medical device approvals.