For the first part of this blog series, please see “My child is a candidate for a cochlear implant, now what? Part 1 of 2.”
This blog builds on our first post, providing items to consider for a parent who has just learned that their child may benefit from a cochlear implant(s).
We know you are likely experiencing mixed emotions, and you want what is best for your child. At Cochlear our goal is to provide you support and guidance every step of the way. Below are five additional things to consider as you walk down the path toward cochlear implantation for your child:
- Initiate speech and language therapy services.
During the process of getting a cochlear implant your child should begin receiving regular therapy services from a speech-language pathologist or an auditory therapist. This individual will assist you with activities to do at home, develop a formalized plan for achieving auditory and speech and language milestones, provide ongoing progress assessments and work with other members on your child’s team.
- Set realistic goals and expectations.
A cochlear implant is not a quick fix. As a parent, understanding the potential benefits and outcomes a cochlear implant can provide is essential to the habilitation process. Work with the cochlear implant team to outline goals and expectations for your child based on the unique set of circumstances for the first year following cochlear implantation and plan to re-evaluate often as development progresses.
- Involve other family members and friends.
Support is a necessary component to this journey to better hearing for your child. Educate and involve those who will be a consistent part of your child’s life so that they understand the process, what’s involved, what the expectations are and what their involvement will be.
- Communicate often with your child’s cochlear implant team members.
Keeping an open line of communication between all of those involved with your child is important. Consider creating a notebook of your child’s hearing evaluations, medical test results, hearing instruments, therapy notes and any other important information that you might want to share with others as you travel from appointment to appointment.
- As a parent you are your child’s best advocate and teacher.
Don’t underestimate the importance of what you bring to your child’s journey to better hearing. Although you will be working with many experts, no one knows your child better than you. Be involved, educate yourself and find support from other parents who have walked down this path before you as they will provide you with great comfort and guidance. At Cochlear, we have many families who we can partner you with to assist you during this process through Cochlear Connections.
We are excited for you and your child to enter into this journey towards receiving a cochlear implant. Our goal is to be a resource of support and guidance along the way for you and your family, which is why we created our latest website: IWantYouToHear.com. Should you need to speak with one of our Cochlear experts or mentors please feel free to email us at Concierge@Cochlear.com, call us at 866-922-9211, or download a free information guide at IWantYouToHear.com.
We wish you and your family all the best on your journey to better hearing.
Hear Now and Always – Your Cochlear Family!