Another thing you have to be aware of is the static electricity. It can render the device useless. Hence, why he has to take it off if he goes on the playground or on our trampoline. Static electricity. As long as you know the little rules, it's not a problem. We have to remember if we are going to be out later than 7pm, we take a spare battery w/ us as they don't last all day. Nik is good and reminds us when he doesn't need it. Well, not need the implant so much but knows when it can get ruined. Nik knew that during all the snow, he didn't want to wear the implant b/c he was afraid to lose it when sledding. He also told me(in sign of course) that the implant would get hurt if they threw a snowball at it. Yes, he told me that. He obviously can't go swimming in it. Though my husband has already got a design in his head that would elminate the water issue. Crazy, huh? So, when we go somewhere where he can't wear the implant, we make sure he is always looking at us. Trying to do that all the time but even more so when he doesnt' have it on.
Safety is something else you need to be aware of when your child is deaf. An incident happened just two weeks ago during our snowstorm. All the big kids(teens--14, 14 & 17, along w/ their friends) were with him so I did not think it would be a problem. Seriously thought my children could handle things. I decided to go join the sledding fun after I had cleaned up the kitchen. I walk up the drive way onto the street and at that point thought I was going to witness my own child being run over. Not kidding. Remember, it was icy, not like brakes are going to work that well. There was no way I could run fast enough to push him out of the way. Too far away. (BTW, NO cars were supposed to be on the road...stupid people joy riding). So, I scream as load as I can knowing full well Nik can't hear me but hoping some of the other kids would. I actually think the car heard me as it was able to stop in time. Almost everyone in the neighborhood knows he's deaf. This car was honking the horn like crazy but Nik did not even flinch. Did not blink, did not turn around. When he finally turns around & sees the car, he was scared and rightfully so. Here's a place that I'm talking about: