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Cochlear Implant Caregiver Tips
Has your child or the older adult in your life recently received a cochlear implant? Help make adapting to their improved hearing a success with these tips from the Johns Hopkins Listening Center.
- Caregivers should encourage recipients to use their cochlear implant during all waking hours to reach their hearing potential.
- Conduct a daily listening check to ensure proper functioning of the cochlear implant.
- Help implant recipients practice listening by using the “Auditory Sandwich” model: Provide information auditory stimulus, repeat with visual information, and repeat the auditory.
- Encourage recipients to request repetitions or clarification when they are unsure of what they have heard.
- Ask The Listening Center for information about assistive listening devices such as t-coils, FM systems, and captioned phones.
- Help recipients attend regularly scheduled programming and rehabilitation appointments.
- Minimize visual cues during listening practice to strengthen the newly acquired sense of hearing.
- Encourage recipients to form small information and support groups with other cochlear implant recipients.
- Frequently look over all of the equipment for any signs of wear and tear and wipe it clean daily for optimal functioning.
- Playing card games is a fun was to practice listening!
Find tips for adults living with a cochlear implant.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about cochlear implants.
Meet some other patients who have received a cochlear implant at the Johns Hopkins Listening Center.
Four of Tracy and Josh Huegel's five children were either born deaf or became deaf as a baby. Meet the family who received the gift of hearing at the Johns Hopkins Listening Center.
Meet Carol Rudy, a grandmother who got a new lease on life when she received a cochlear implantation at the age of 72.