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Sunday, November 4th 2018
15:00 - 16:30 CET

Webinar with Eulalia Juan

Being ready for the listening journey. Importance of pre-CI habilitation

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About the Topic

It is essential that clinicians, therapists, and teachers (the habilitation team) encourage parents and family members to continue talking naturally to their young child throughout the candidacy period, regardless of the child’s degree of hearing loss. Parents should communicate with their child using both speech and natural visual-gestural cues in the wait time before CI surgery: (a) to promote and safeguard the young child’s social-emotional development (Stern 1985), and (b) to ensure that meaning is attached to everyday experiences which will serve as a foundation for the child’s understanding of speech, once auditory access to spoken language is available.


A simple flow-chart―and checking off each ‘stage’ as it occurs―may help some parents identify and pace their information and support priorities in the lead up to CI surgery.

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November 11th 2018 / 15:00 CET

Learning results for parents

A well informed parent is the key to preparing a young child for surgery (Justus et al. 2006). Clinicians should therefore encourage parents to keep a journal of any questions they have concerning their child’s CI surgery and acute habilitation programme, and ensure sufficient time is set aside in relevant appointments to discuss these information needs and/or concerns. Keeping the child’s routine as normal as possible on the day of surgery is a fundamental recommendation, as is enabling parents (familiar caregivers) to be with their young child as much as possible―in accordance with hospital guidelines―both pre- and post-surgery.

Learning results for experts


It is important that the wearing of hearing aids continues to be emphasized in pre-surgery therapy, both in terms of device acceptance/consistent use, and to maximise stimulation of any residual hearing. (Note: a lightweight pilot cap, headband or hat may help keep an infant’s hearing aids in place until he is accustomed to having something on his ears all waking hours.) The parent and child’s shared experience of daily routines, nursery songs (e.g., “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”) and picture books provides the starting point for a child’s habilitation therapy before CI switch-on. Therapists should therefore guide and coach parents to embellish their established routines with cues to “listen” for sound and/or speech, in preparation for the addition of CI hearing to their child’s experience of everyday life.

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Monika Lehnhardt-Goriany

Translation en-ru-de

Anastasia Flanagan