Episode 2: Cochlear Implants: A Professional Perspective

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Episode 2 Show Notes

On today’s episode of All Ears at Child’s Voice: A Hearing Loss Podcast, Tatum and Jessica interviewed Dawn and Megan on the topic of cochlear implants. Here are some of the takeaways:

- Recommendation for a cochlear implant takes time and input from a variety of people, including:
- Audiologists
- Early intervention therapists
- Surgeon
- Parents!
- We talk about each step of the process in this episode. The process includes:
- Audiological testing
- Hearing aid trial
- Imaging studies (MRI/CT)
- Insurance approval
- Surgery (one day!)
- Time for healing (2-4 weeks)
- Activation of processor (one to two appointments, can take about 3 hours each)
- Mapping (can take months)
- Time for learning to listen!
- Take Home Message: Cochlear implants are amazing devices!! They bring access to sound and through access to sound they bring speech and language development! But it is most definitely a process and each part of the process takes time.

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