The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: Gallaudet University Press
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A number of individuals contributed in a variety of ways to the writing of this book. We would like to acknowledge the constant support and friendship of Amy Popp who has always come to the rescue during our writing frenzies. Her organizational knowledge, computer skills, and sensitivity to our outbursts...
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Initiating the process of cochlear implantation is a complex task. It combines the hard work of gathering information with the difficulty of making a lifetime decision for a child. Parents wishing to explore this technology need information and support. This book is a resource for parents trying to decide if a...
1. Beginning the Process
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The moment parents begin to consider cochlear implantation for their child, they embark on a journey. The more knowledge parents have, the better they will recognize that this journey does not simply begin and end with surgery. Rather, it consists of several stages, including the periods of initial information...
2. Candidacy Evaluation
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Once a family enters the pre-implant period, they must then pass through a number of substages. The question of candidacy is crucial since it determines whether the child will continue through the process. A multidisciplinary team of professionals with expertise in the areas of audiology, speech, language...
3. Options in Implant Devices
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Whether occurring simultaneously with the candidacy evaluation or after candidacy has been determined, a discussion of the types of implant devices available at the center is an important part of the pre-implant period. One of the choices to be considered during this time concerns the actual device that will...
4. The Surgical Stage
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Once the decision to implant has been made and the device selected, the parents and child enter the next stage, the surgical stage. This period often creates the most stress for parents since all surgery carries with it certain risks. Parents meet with the surgeon to discuss these surgical risks and ask questions that...
5. The Post Implantation Stage: Initial Switch-On and Counseling about Device Maintenance
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Parents and children often approach the period known as the initial switch-on or tune-up with a great deal of anticipation and anxiety. The waiting period of approximately one month after surgery is often filled with feelings that range from excitement to doubt. For this reason, it is important for parents and...
6. Learning about Listening through Home Activities
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The initial switch-on of a cochlear implant is an important event; however, the real work of learning to listen begins when the child returns home after the implant is activated. At this point, an auditory focus becomes possible and, moreover, is necessary to maximize the benefits of the implant. Parents must realize that the...
7. The Cochlear Implant as a Tool for Language Development
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All parents want to be able to communicate with their children and have them communicate back. When a child is born, parents wait anxiously for their baby's first word. If spoken language is the language of the home, hearing parents of deaf children are even more anxious since the hearing loss may seriously...
8. School Placement Issues
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The education of deaf children has long been a topic of great controversy. The basic argument revolves around how a deaf child should be educated: orally or using a form of manual communication. These options were outlined in the previous chapter from the perspective of a family making a communication...
9. Cochlear Implants and the Whole Child: Implications for Performance
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Children with cochlear implants demonstrate abilities that often astound parents, teachers, and the children themselves. But not every child with an implant performs in the same manner. What may be success for one child might be viewed as failure for another. Parents should understand that their child's...
10. Deaf Culture and the Cochlear Implant
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The cochlear implant has changed the way the medical community looks at deafness. While historically seen as a condition that could only be marginally treated, deafness is now approached with a more optimistic prognosis. The cochlear implant has revolutionized treatment for thousands of children and adults with...
11. A Perspective on Parenting
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The challenges that parents face everyday are magnified when a child has an identifiable difference. In some cases, this difference may be hearing loss. Although hearing parents of deaf children and hearing parents of hearing children confront many of the same issues, the presence of hearing loss will, for the most...
Appendix A: NAD Position Statement on Cochlear Implants
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Appendix B: Resources for Parenting a Deaf Child
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Appendix C: Published Resources on Cochlear Implants
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Page Count: 204
Illustrations: 1 figure, 13 photos
Publication Year: 2002