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.
1) Caregivers should encourage recipients to use their cochlear implant during all waking hours to reach their hearing potential.
2) Conduct a daily listening check to ensure proper functioning of the cochlear implant.
3) Help implant recipients practice listening by using the “Auditory Sandwich” model: Provide information auditory stimulus, repeat with visual information, and repeat the auditory.
4) Encourage recipients to request repetitions or clarification when they are unsure of what they have heard.
5) Ask The Listening Center for information about assistive listening devices such as t-coils, FM systems, and captioned phones.
6) Help recipients attend regularly scheduled programming and rehabilitation appointments.
7) Minimize visual cues during listening practice to strengthen the newly acquired sense of hearing.
8) Encourage recipients to form small information and support groups with other cochlear implant recipients.
9) Frequently look over all of the equipment for any signs of wear and tear and wipe it clean daily for optimal functioning.
10) Playing card games is a fun was to practice listening!
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