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How to prepare your child for a cochlear implant

So you found out your child has severe hearing loss.

Maybe you discovered it during a newborn hearing screening, or maybe they were already a few months old and not responding to your voice.  Your child might already have hearing aids, or you might be discussing with an audiologist about getting your child fit with a cochlear implant. 

You and your child may just be embarking on their hearing journey, and it may seem overwhelming. Especially because it could take months or even years before your child can be considered and then fit with a cochlear implant. But there are still a lot of things you can do to prepare them for being implanted, and help develop their communication skills long before activation day.

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What you should know about my son’s cochlear implant

I am constantly being flooded with questions about Harry’s cochlear implant.

Whilst I am so happy and comfortable answering them, I know that some parents of children with hearing technology find it hard to talk about or explain to someone about them. Especially those whom have never had experience with a cochlear implant user before.

In this post I am going to cover common questions I am asked, and tell you the best way that I answer them!

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When is the Right Age to get a Cochlear Implant?

Research shows that the earlier your child can have access to sound, the better their speech and listening skills develop. But when is the right age to get a cochlear implant?

Research has shown that babies start to hear in the womb, and they can respond to sounds even before they have been born into the world. So, if a child is born deaf or with any sort of hearing loss, they are missing out on these vital early inputs of sound. This is why babies and toddlers are fit with hearing aids and cochlear implants at quite a young age.

But when is the best age to get a cochlear implant?

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Q&A: What you should know about my child’s cochlear implant

I get stopped at least once a day by people passing by in the supermarket or other mums at the playground asking me what my son, Harry, is wearing on his head. 

I don’t mind talking about his cochlear implants, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest having to explain that the technology on his head helps him to hear! In fact, I am fiercely proud of him and his “magic ears.”  But sometimes I get the feeling that people want to ask things but perhaps they don’t, for fear of seeming nosy or rude. So, I decided to ask some of my social media followers if they had any burning questions about my child’s cochlear implant, so I could answer them all in one place.

I had some really good questions about cochlear implants, and I hope I have answered them well!

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4 Cochlear Implant Care Tips for Summer

It is finally summer, which means wading pools, sprinklers and road trips to the beach. But can your deaf child enjoy the water just as much as any other kid, even with his cochlear implant? 

All children should be able to enjoy getting wet, running through the water and generally enjoying the great outdoors in the summer!  For parents of children with cochlear implants however, the thought of water can ring alarm bells. 

Whether your child has a waterpoof cochlear implant, such as the Advanced Bionics Neptune processor, or another hearing technology, there are ways to ensure your deaf child has a great summer. Here are my Cochlear Implant Care Tips that can make summer enjoyable and carefree for everyone. 

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How we decided to fit our baby with a cochlear implant

When my baby boy was born, I looked at him nestled in my arms through teary, tired eyes and knew he was worth the pain. But when he failed his newborn hearing screening numerous times our world really was turned upside down.

Being profoundly deaf, we quickly found out that Harry couldn’t hear a thing. It broke my heart thinking about the months spent talking to my bump and realizing that he hadn’t heard a word. The little competence I had gained during those early weeks as a first-time mum had been completely diminished. I was suddenly thrown into the unknown, where nobody I knew had ever been.

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7 tips for managing a toddler’s cochlear implant

A cochlear implant may look incredibly simple to put on and take off but the assembly behind them and the care that they need can be a little overwhelming, especially on a baby or toddler!

When we were first sent home with the full Advanced Bionics kit we wondered where on earth we were going to store all of this stuff (and whether we would actually need half the things in the box day-to-day).

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7 ways to celebrate a “hearing birthday”

In my last post I shared the build-up to Harry’s cochlear implant “switch on” and a little bit about his reactions on the day. It’s hard to believe, but that memorable day – March 4 – was more than a year ago. 

To celebrate Harry’s first “hearing birthday” we decided to throw a little party to acknowledge his special day. We want Harry to grow up to be proud of who is he is, the equipment he wears, and understand that he is a deaf person who has been given the gift of hearing through his Advanced Bionics cochlear implants. The day was to make a bit of a fuss of him and his magic ears.

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