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that the necessary surgery is a well-
established procedure that requires
about two hours, depending on the
anatomy, and most patients can be
discharged from the hospital the very
next day.
Hearing Begins
With a Cochlear Implant, Mr. Rose
explains that the individual’s brain
will perceive a lot of sounds which it
is not used to ‘hearing.’ “Recipients
can hear immediately after the device
is switched on, however, depending
on various factors, individuals adapt
differently to the new hearing,” he
notes and stresses that this is an
exciting time as there is so much to
hear in our today’s busy world. Some
compare it with learning a foreign
language – each day you get a little
bit better.
Follow-Up
Rehabilitation for children after
cochlear implantation is an accepted
part of the implant process, stresses
Mr. Rose. “Indeed, many cochlear
implant clinics feel it is so important
that they require parents of young
children to sign an agreement laying
out the vital role of the family and
their responsibilities for rehabilitation
and their child’s developing
communication skills after surgery,”
he says. “Cochlear recognises the
essential part that rehabilitation plays
in achieving the best outcomes for
each individual.”
Afterwards
Cochlear has developed a range
of resources to support children
and their families throughout their
listening and language learning
journey as well resources to help
teenagers and adults to develop the
skills that will allow them to enjoy
participating in the hearing world.
Mr. Rose emphasizes that many
factors come into play to determine
success post-surgically that is why
the pre-surgical counselling and
diagnostic is paramount in the
decision-making process. “In other
words, a team of experts reviews all
test results before surgery to ensure
that each patient gets a maximum
of benefit,” he says and for children,
experts strive to enable them to
attend mainstream schools.
Hearing Milestones for
your child:
Even if your newborn passes
the initial hearing screening,
watch for signs that he or
she is hearing well. Hearing
milestones that should be
reached in the first year of life
include:
• Most newborns startle or
“jump” to sudden loud noises.
• By 3 months, a baby usually
recognizes a parent’s voice.
• By 6 months, an infant can
usually turn his or her eyes or
head toward a sound.
• By 12 months, a child can
usually imitate some sounds
and produce a few words,
such as “Mama” or “bye-bye.”
• Kids who seem to have
normal hearing should
continue to have their hearing
evaluated on a regular basis at
checkups throughout life.
• Hearing tests are usually done
at ages 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15,
and 18 years, and at other
times if there’s a concern.
A child may be at higher risk for
hearing loss if he or she:
• Was born prematurely
• Stayed in the neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU)
• Was given medications that
can lead to hearing loss
• Had complications at birth
• Had frequent ear
infections had infections
such as meningitis or
cytomegalovirus
(Credit: www.kidshealth.org)
The Benefits of Using
Cochlear Implants
• Most people are able to
perceive soft, medium,
and loud sounds: People
who use cochlear implants
have reported the ability to
perceive a variety of different
sounds, such as ringing
telephones, slamming doors,
barking dogs, the sounds of
engines, the sound of a light
switch turning on or off,
rustling leaves, a whistling tea
kettle and more.
• Many people can understand
speech without lip-reading:
Even when this is not
possible, using a cochlear
implant helps people with lip-
reading.
• Many people can make phone
calls: A number of people
find they can make phone
calls and understand familiar
voices over the phone. Some
people can make phone calls
and understand others they
are not familiar with.
• Watching Television: A
number of people can watch
television more easily,
particularly when they are
able to see a person’s face.
• Enjoying Music: Some people
with cochlear implants
enjoy the sounds of certain
instruments, such as guitar
or piano, as well as certain
voices.
(Credit: www.disabled-world.
com)
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