Thema 1: Taube Kinder

Einige Fakten zu tauben Kindern

Just imagine:

BUT, there is a way out of silence

Thema 2: Cochlea Implantat

Einige Fakten zum Cochlea Implantat System

Cochlear Implant is the only option for a deaf child to get access to hearing and to acquire speech and spoken language. It opens the way to higher education and thus also for better job prospects. Provided at an early age (best before 1 - 2 years) the chances are excellent for the child to attend mainstream kindergarten and school and thus be fully included into the world of hearing.

The surgical procedure should be preferably performed by an experienced ENT surgeon in an ENT clinic. It takes approximately 1 ½ hours under total anesthesia. The incision is relatively small, therefore hairs does not have to be shaved. Before closing the wound the correct position of the electrode array in the Scala tympani of the cochlea is verified. Neural Response Telemetry intra-operatively provides information whether all electrodes are functioning and indicates first threshold levels, which are very helpful for the first fitting of the speech processor. This happens one to three weeks post-operatively.

Thema 3: Frühförderung

Was Eltern und Therapeuten schon vor einem Implantat machen können

(Re)habilitation is the most important factor to the success of cochlear implantation. It should start as early as possible, i.e. straight after the baby failed the universal neonatal hearing screening.

The first year of life must not be wasted by waiting! It is the time when the brain shows the highest level of plasticity. Early intervention combined with the latest hearing technology pave the way to near-to-normal hearing and the development of the auditory connectome.

The baby should get bilateral hearing aids and possibly a sternal vibrator as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed in order to stimulate hearing nerves at least minimally. The time of diagnosis is when the mother is very vulnerable shortly after having given birth. Frequently the parents are in a stage of shock and need to be encouraged not to stop talking to their child but to interact naturally and intuitively.

They need to be empowered and the relationship between parents and therapist has to be a partnership based on confidence, respect and empathy.

The hard of hearing baby does not need anything special, she/he needs more of the normal. There is no need for hearing training but there is need for an interesting hearing environment, parents can create. Oral communication accompanied by body and eye contact, songs and supporting the strengths and talents will help the baby to gain self-confidence.

Learning around the clock will facilitate the way to full inclusion into the hearing society at a later stage in time.

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Wie wir helfen können - Lehnhardt Stiftung

Cochlear Implant is highly effective but relatively expensive, especially when provided bilaterally as e.g. in Germany. In many countries worldwide governmental funding is not or only partially available and parents cannot possibly afford to pay for it.

The Lehnhardt Foundation is focussing on Russian speaking countries (ex USSR), supporting parents and professionals by

 

Prof. Ernst Lehnhardt was the first surgeon who provided a deaf born child at the age of  1 ½ years in 1988 with a CI

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