Not sure this would be the correct forum but given it's a safety
issue, for me at least, I thought I'd post here.
I'm looking for ideas and suggestion to overcome a hearing problem or lack of hearing to be more precise.
Quick background. I've been sailing since 12 (I'm quite a bit older now) and have travelled, sailed extensively. I have a disease that took my hearing recently. I now have two cochlear implants that restored "basic" hearing. I can understand speech if I'm looking at the person and can hear noise
although it's sometimes difficult to figure out what the noise
might be. With any background noise or speech I don't do well. Talking (listening) on the phone
is next to impossible. It's getting better with practice but will never be normal or even close.
So here is my dilemma and really my only concern - using the radio
I sail a few times a weak at my home port. I always have the radio
on and can understand some very clear communications
but as we all know, interference
and accents can make it difficult. I plan on doing a bit more long range sailing and visiting a few Caribbean
countries and I'm concerned about radio communication.
So I'll throw it out there... Any thoughts or suggestions from the community on addressing this issue? Oh, I "mostly" single
hand. If I have a crew, then no problem but that isn't always the case and probably won't be in the future.