Cochlear implant rehabilitation
A cochlear implant is a technological breakthrough that improves a severe-to-profoundly deaf person’s ability to hear and therefore to communicate, providing there is proper rehabilitation. The ultimate level of functioning is highly variable across individuals, but today, with the proper rehabilitation, many individuals can achieve greatly improved understanding of speech, and many can talk on the telephone. The procedure is often described as “miraculous” by people who have received them, and by their families and loved ones.
After implantation and initial stimulation (the implant is “turned on”), clients can attend individual therapy sessions at the Center to learn how to listen via the cochlear implant. Length of therapy varies greatly, most often depending on the length of time the person experienced a severe/profound hearing loss and the degree to which the person relied on listening prior to getting the cochlear implant.