Cochlear Implant Basics:
When hearing loss is too severe to be helped with a hearing aid, a cochlear implant might be suggested. It can be a frightening experience. This book is designed to help the candidate navigate the process and dispel some of the misconceptions about cochlear implants. A cochlear implant can provide the ability to hear speech and environmental sounds even after a long period of deafness. The cochlear implant recipient often can enjoy music again and use a telephone without fear. The author’s objective is to help those sitting on the fence, to move forwards and get out of the isolation of deafness and enjoy a full participation in life. The author had a progressive hearing loss from the age of seven and wore hearing aids until he suffered a sudden total collapse of his residual hearing when he was thirty and was totally deaf for thirty-five years before receiving simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant surgery and went from zero speech comprehension to 85% with rehabilitation. Cochlear Implant Basics is a podcast website. This book contains transcripts of 25 podcast interviews with recipients of cochlear implants, surgeons, an audiologist and other professionals who are part of the cochlear implant journey. They share their experiences. The interviews answer frequently asked questions. There is a section with rehabilitation exercises that are used after surgery and activation of the cochlear implant. There is also a list of resources for candidates.