Most of us are aware of the profound changes
that a cochlear implant can have on a person's life. But did you know
that those changes may not come easily or happen overnight. A new
cochlear implant (CI) recipient may require audiological or auditory
rehabilitation in order to realize the full benefit of their CI.
Fortunately, there are lots of auditory rehabilitation resources
available for folks with cochlear implants.
August 2003 - Interested in the latest thinking
regarding how a person's hearing history affects their speech
understanding with a CI? Then check out Dr.
Shannon's workshop from the SHHH convention.
February 2004 - Most people who receive cochlear
implants report that it takes them a while to get used to the sound from
the implant. Voices may initially sound like Donald Duck or the
Chipmunks, and gradually come to sound like the recipient remembers.
Scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine are now
reporting that people may be able to hasten the
adjustment process by being introduced to the CI sound gradually.
August 2012 -
Brain Plasticity an Obstacle for
Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation
January 2010 - Music therapy can assist
toddlers' post-CI communication rehabilitation process
June 2008 -
Speech Sounds: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
October 2007 -
Free Websites for CI Auditory Rehab
September 2007 -
Neuroimaging and Cochlear Implants: A Look at How the Brain Hears
October 2006 - Here's the most comprehensive list
of resources for cochlear implant aural rehabilitation we've seen!
The visual takeover of the cortices typically
associated with audition represents a cerebral ability to adapt to change,
but it raises an important question regarding the recovery of hearing
functions. The question of auditory function following deafness bears
special importance for audiologists, given that profound deafness is
sometimes reversed with a cochlear implant (CI). One may wonder how these
two modalities interact during tasks that require multisensory processing,
such as speech perception, if visual input is redirected to auditory
cortical areas. Most speech understanding occurs in a multisensory
environment in which visual and auditory cues are present. Given the attack
of the auditory cortex by visual information following deafness, it can be
hypothesized that visual information may interfere with auditory treatment.
This interference could lead to poor speech recognition in some CI patients,
namely those who have undergone more adaptive plasticity during the period
of auditory deprivation (i.e., before implantation).
Learning to communicate with spoken language is most
effective through meaningful and enjoyable experiences that integrate
listening, speech, language, reading and thinking. When listening and
talking are relevant and positive, spoken communication can emerge in a
natural way for children who are deaf. There is no single method that works
best for teaching speech to all children who are deaf, and Speech Sounds is
simply one approach. It is based on the premise that young children with
cochlear implant(s) need to be exposed to all speech sounds through
listening as a building. Read the Full Introduction to Speech Sounds
Karen Snell, a professor at NTID, has come up with
this list of free websites that contain auditory material suitable for
auditory rehabilitation practice for folks with CIs.