Help Your CI Team Help You
"After you've received your audio processor, that's when the work begins" is a phrase you often hear at CI user group meetings.
Whether it's more or less true for you depends on you as an individual, the situation, and your goals and abilities. CI systems and rehabilitation techniques have progressed rapidly since the early days of implantation.
Today's CI teams include a range of professionals who can help you
maximize CI use.
Feedback from you is essential in helping your CI team create the best
program to meet your needs.
- What can you hear?
- What sounds do you recognize?
- What would you like to be able to hear?
- What are different situations like, and how important are these
situations to you?
- Are there speakers/voices that are easier than others to understand?
- How would you rate the sound quality?
Tips for your clinic visit:
- Try to take notes; it is often difficult to recall everything you're told during a clinic visit.
- Use a variety of descriptions; give the clinician as much information as possible as you try to describe a particular sound or sound quality.
- Read your user manual and become familiar with your cochlear implant system.
- Experiment with the controls of your audio processor, so you can get a feel for what they can and cannot do in different situations.
- Share your hopes and ambitions for your hearing with your clinicians.