During your cochlear implant journey, you may feel adrift, unsure of what to do next – but the resources listed below can help!
• American Cochlear Implant Alliance: This website offers information on topics such as adult rehabilitation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the continuum of care – three subjects that may be of interest to a new cochlear implant user. Additionally, it provides valuable networking features such as a member center, a career center and lists of dates and locations for American Cochlear Implant Alliance conferences.
• Cochlear Implant Online: This website provides a variety of articles regarding cochlear implants in different aspects of life, including school, work, social and home. Though primarily directed at adults, the website also features a college guide designed for students with hearing loss as well as an article titled “What To Expect In The First Weeks After A Child’s Cochlear Implant Activation.”
• Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center: This website is designed to assist parents and educators on several topics relevant to children with cochlear implants, such as education, language and communication, the speech processor, listening and many others.
• The Parents’ Guide to Cochlear Implants: This Book Written By Mary Ellen Nevins And Patricia M. Chute acts as a handbook for parents as their child experiences the cochlear implant journey. A few of the chapter topics include the post-implantation stage, listening activities, language development and school placement.
Listening practice is a crucial part of adjusting to the cochlear implant as a new cochlear implant user, for it trains the brain to understand how the cochlear implant processes sound information. There are several websites, such as The Communication Corner by Cochlear.com, that enable the user to develop these listening skills from the convenience of their own home.
LOCAL USERS SUPPORT GROUPS
Unlike the above resources, cochlear implant local users groups are an in-person resource rich with valuable information and support from people who have undergone cochlear implantation. There are four groups that meet around the Phoenix area: The Bionic Ear Association, Cochlear Community, Med-El Users Group and the Hearing Loss Association Of America.
With the help of these resources and your hearing-care professional, your transition into life with a cochlear implant can be much easier.
For more information on what resources are available to you, don't hesitate to reach out to Arizona Hearing Center by phone at (602) 313-1367 or click here to email.
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