I won the contest at work. We had a bet who could lose the most percentage weight. Yippee for me! I lost 29 lbs in 9 weeks. Just over 11% body weight reduction. I still need to lose about 25 more to finally put an end to the “chubby deaf guy.”
Working out Deaf…do you wear your hearing instruments or not? Yes, I have a water resistant hearing aid and cochlear implant. But years of being taught to fear moisture on my expensive hearing devices still is in me and I can’t seem to get over that. Thus I always remove my CI and hearing aid when I work out. This has pros and cons.
Pros: I like being in my own little world sometimes. I enjoy the peacefulness, and I seem to focus better on exercising. I can work out as intensely as I wish with no concern about damaging my hearing instruments. Lastly, at the gym, there can be some arrogant jocks spewing off stupidity. My son tells me some of the conversations he has heard. A real classic was some meathead dude looking forward to visiting LA because “Almost all the women in LA have done porn. Its true dude!” These are the times I consider myself blessed to be deafened.
But there are some cons and some safety points to consider.
First, I think I need a t-shirt that says “I am not a douche-bag…I am deaf”. Although I try really hard to not block anybody and be aware of my surroundings, sometimes people ask me questions like “are you done with that machine”. I look like I am ignoring them, which gets erroneously interpreted as arrogance. I mean, thats what guys do in the gym, right? It is almost a dick slapping contest. Well, no, not for me…I am not a jerk like some of the other guys in the gym, I am just deaf.
Then there are the safety issues. I also run outside with no hearing aid or CI. Let me officially state that I am not advocating this for anyone because you may not hear a car and get run over. The safest thing would be to run on a treadmill if you insist on doing it “deaf”. Or use your hearing instruments whilst running outside. Try protecting them with products like the Hearing Aid Sweat Band or Ear Gear. I have not personally used these products, so don’t interpret this as an endorsement…but check it out. Lastly, you when you are done with your exercising, put the hearing instruments in a Dr-Aid kit of some type.
There are now hearing aids that are water resistant. Phonak has the new H2O line of hearing aids as does Siemens with the Aquaris product. In addition, the Cochlear Nucleus N5 is water resistant, while the Advanced Bionics Neptune is actually waterproof.
But I have taken some steps to increase my safety, namely by enhancing my visibility. First, I wear a reflective safety vest. This makes me pretty much glow when headlights shine on me.
But I didn’t stop there. I also added some flashing lights to the vest. I have a white at the front and a red one on my back. If you can’t see me now, should you legally be driving?