Medical Devices Your Date Could Be Wearing Without You Knowing

by Tera Tuten on December 13, 2011

So much about people isn’t visible on the surface. All you can tell at first glance is what someone physically looks like — you have no idea about their personalities or anything else they may not want to be completely apparent to strangers or new acquaintances.

An example of this is that people you’re just meeting could be wearing medical devices without you even recognizing it. While you may be surprised, this article will describe four external medical devices that can go unnoticed.


Hearing Aid

About 17% of American adults have some degree of hearing loss, and that’s just what’s reported. Hearing aids aren’t so uncommon, and they’re extremely helpful for people with hearing loss. These little electronic devices help amplify sound and help them to hear on a daily basis.

Many hearing aids nowadays are barely noticeable as they’re tucked into the ear. Other versions take up a lot of space in the visible area of the ear, but newer models are more discreet. Some recent versions are built to fit more comfortably in the ear and are also available in a variety of colors based on preference. While hearing aids are being created to be more subtle, letting hair drape in front of the ear is still another extremely easy way to obscure the device.

Braces

You remember that period in middle and high school when everyone had braces. Some people even wanted braces and got joy out of choosing what color bands to get on their brackets this month. You probably think that phase of life is over, but more and more adults these days are choosing to straighten their teeth and get braces later in life.

But metal braces don’t have the monopoly anymore. New approaches to braces, like Invisalign, allow braces to go practically unnoticed. Made of clear plastic that essentially slides over your teeth, Invisalign doesn’t call much attention to itself, and most people won’t even notice that someone’s wearing braces.

Insulin Pump

People with diabetes are used to having to inject themselves multiple times a day with insulin via a syringe or insulin pen. This could be tiresome and burdensome for them, which is why some people opt to use the insulin pump. The device involves both a catheter under the skin (through which the insulin is delivered) and the pump, which is carried externally.

Because the pump is external, people who use insulin pumps find ways to carry them around in the most convenient and discreet way possible. Many people choose to use small bags that clip around the waste for easy transport. Some personal items belts that are sold are small and sleek and don’t attract much attention.

Heart Pump

Most of this device is located inside of the body in order to help the heart continue to function. People who are transplant candidates waiting for a heart and even people who aren’t candidates but still need assistance can take advantage of the relatively new heart pump technology. An example of someone famous who’s making use of this device is Dick Cheney, who has a Left Ventricular Assist Device.

While the device is implanted, the battery pack that powers the heart bump is located outside of the body and is connected to the device by a tube that goes through the abdomen. People who use a heart pump can keep the battery back in a shoulder-strap bag. At least in Dick Cheney’s case, his device operates so quietly that no one around him can detect it.

Conclusion

Several medical devices can go unnoticed and still function to their fullest capacity. Odds are that you wouldn’t recognize any of these devices in use, even if your date is sitting across from you at the restaurant table.  This is just another example of how developing technology can change the compactness and portability of so many medical innovations.

 

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