A cochlear implant is a special type of hearing aid. It is an electronic device that is surgically implanted and it provides stimulation directly to the auditory nerve. It is a medical procedure.
Children with sever to profound hearing loss can be assessed by a specialist multi-disciplinary team to see if they are suitable for a cochlear implant.
Children who suffer a sudden loss of hearing through trauma or meningitis can also be assessed by a specialist multi-disciplinary team.
Some Speech and Language Therapists have extra specialist qualifications to work with deaf children e.g. Auditory Verbal Therapy Approach
Children with a cochlear implant need to learn to listen and understand sound.
The difficulties experienced by children when they first receive an implant can include –
Speech and Language Therapists can help these difficulties by –
Last updated: January 26th, 2018