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What is working for people using cochlear implants?




Language is incredibly important. It allows us to understand others, as well as express ourselves fully. It helps us think, remember and plan our actions. We use language to ask our first questions, make our first friends, as well as recount our first stories and learn about the world around us. Most children pick up language at an astonishing rate – however, for the estimated 12,000 babies in the UK born with a hearing impairment it can be a different story. Currently children with severe-to-profound hearing loss are diagnosed early and receive cochlear implants (CIs). However whilst many children benefit greatly from CIs, a large proportion of children still suffer from delayed language onset. CIs also restore hearing to adults with hearing loss and this also brings with it a unique set of new things for users to learn.

This event is part of the ESRC Social Science Festival and brings together hospital audiologists, hearing scientists, developmental psychologists and young adults with a cochlear implant to discuss what factors are most important when it comes to helping children with CI acquire language skills and working with adult users of CIs. We will communicate our own ideas to professionals and parents through short presentations and practical demonstrations. We will also summarise what we currently understand about language development in children with CI, and stimulate an audience discussion about what research is needed next. The event is a collaboration between a hearing scientist, an audiologist and a developmental psychologist.

We will be discussing research and life experiences with people who have CIs. The topics we are discussing will be: assessment of patients with CIs, Real-life opinions on their uses, How to optimise outcomes.

Please come along and let us know what you think.

University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park Way
Block C, Upper Ground Floor, Room 247. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology seminar room
CF14 4XW

Further directions to the event:
The Room is located in Block C, Upper Ground Floor, Room 247. From the main concourse, take the lift to the floor above (ground floor). Follow the corridor straight to the large lift lobby at the end and take the lift to the upper ground floor. Exit the lift lobby to the right and follow the corridor to the left; the Obstetrics and Gynaecology seminar room is around the corner on the left hand side.

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When and where

3.00pm - 5.00pmMonday 5th November 2018