To provide Adult cochlear implant users focus days on how best to use their technology, develop listening skills and communication strategies. We would like funding for professional staff to be available ie Speech & Language Therapist, BSL Interpreter, Technical Support Advisor
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The first children implanted in the UK are now growing into adults, and increasingly adults themselves are choosing to have cochlear implants. However, unlike children who are in an educational setting and have support from Teachers of the Deaf, adults have no support for communication or technical needs and they too have to adjust to using their new hearing. Evidence shows there is an increasing need for this additional support to provide these individuals with: ¬∑an increased knowledge and understanding of the technology they use, hence more effective use; ¬∑Improved communication, listening and language skills; ¬∑a support network of people which will ensure they feel less isolated; ¬∑new strategies in dealing with various situations where listening can be difficult eg in noise; ¬∑improved confidence and self-esteem
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