The Practical Aspects of Cochlear ImplantationBy Bell, Lisa D., MA, CCCA; Connelly, Patricia E., PhD, CCCA; Hearing Professional, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 9-12, 22-23
Publication Date: January/February 2005
Article discusses the benefits of cochlear implants for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Cochlear implants can improve clients’ quality of life by facilitating an understanding of conversational speech. Cochlear implant candidacy issues are discussed, while the following four concepts are stressed: (1) a cochlear implant is a communication tool, not a cure; (2) preoperative expectations have a huge influence on postoperative satisfaction; (3) one or more rehabilitation strategies may be necessary, such as auditory processing, speech production, and cognitive training; and (4) motivation and a good support system are necessary to facilitate successful outcomes. Roles of the hearing instrument specialist are also discussed.
Published by: International Hearing Society (Website:http://www.ihsinfo.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J48715