grandson help to start talking after getting cochlear implants

Gail - posted on 07/07/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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can you give me some research sites to help my daughter help her son to start talking after his surgery

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Gail - posted on 07/07/2012

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thank you I actually have to stop at the library shortly, I'll have to see if maybe they have that book. Thanks again.

Krista - posted on 07/07/2012

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Good luck! I'm sure it will go well with him -- there's usually a really good success rate when they're implanted as babies, due to the brain being a lot more "flexible" in its thinking and neural pathways.

It's fascinating as heck, really. My brother has one. He got it at age 19, after losing the remainder of his hearing unexpectedly.

I would HIGHLY recommend reading "Rebuilt" by Michael Chorost. He details his experiences in getting a cochlear implant, and he's not only wry and funny, but he explains the technology and the biology in a way that is very clear and easy to understand. It'll really help you understand what is happening inside of your grandson's brain right now.

Gail - posted on 07/07/2012

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He just turned 1 at the end of June, his implants took place 2 weeks prior to that. They still have the volume turned down low on them so I don't believe he is hearing too much yet. We just want to be able to do as much as possible for him to help him. I know it's like starting from birth in speaking for him. Thank you for your reply.

Krista - posted on 07/07/2012

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In the meantime, though, the Advanced Bionics website has a good section that has exercises that you can do with kids at various ages. You'd need to register, but I'm pretty sure it's free. My guess is that these exercises will be top-notch, as AB has a seriously extensive team of medical specialists on staff.

http://www.hearingjourney.com/Listening_...

Krista - posted on 07/07/2012

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There are a few good sites around, but frankly, his audiologist would be the best person to talk to about this. The audiologist will work in conjunction with a speech therapist to help your grandson translate the new electrical impulses into sounds, and then to mimic those sounds. How old is he?

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