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10 Tips for Caregivers
Has your child or the older adult in your life recently received a cochlear implant? Help them adapt to their new hearing with these tips from The Listening Center at Johns Hopkins.
- Encourage the recipient 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 auditory information, 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 a network or 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 to keep it working to its best ability.
- Playing card games is a fun was to practice listening!
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The Huegels have come to know Howard Francis, M.D., quite well over the previous eight years. Tracy and Josh both carry a recessive genetic mutation of the connexin 26 gene, and each of their children were born with a 25 percent chance of being deaf. However, four of the five Huegels children were either born deaf or became deaf at an early age.
Cochlear Implant Gives Grandmother a New Lease on Life
After becoming withdrawn due to losing her hearing later in life, Carol had cochlear implant surgery by Frank Lin, M.D., with the Johns Hopkins Listening Center. Watch how Carol's life has been transformed.