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Cochlear implants and deafblind children

Photo: Information on the difference cochlear implants can make to deafblind children

The introduction of cochlear implants has dramatically changed the outlook for children and adults with deafblindness.

Sense and The Ear Foundation have published, Deafblindness and Cochlear Implantation which is the first guide to focus on cochlear implantation and congenital (since birth) deafblind children.

It includes personal stories from parents about their experiences of the whole process of cochlear implantation from assessment, through to day-to-day issues, and outcomes.

The guide costs £4.50 and is available to order from The Ear Foundation.

A follow up guide, Deafblindness and cochlear implantation: a practical resource is also available. It’s written particularly for parents of congenitally deafblind children who have been given one or two cochlear implants and the professionals working with them.

The booklet discusses using cochlear implants in the home as well as at school, and explains how to monitor progress. This guide is available free of charge from Sense or The Ear Foundation.