December 13th, 2010 by Elizabeth | Tags: Adults, Children, Cochlear Implant, Hearing Aids, Music, Teens, Tips and Tricks | 3 Comments »
While nothing can replace the services of a trained professional who knows you and your case, here are a few resources for listening practice with your cochlear implant online:
- The Listening Room provides tons of auditory activities specifically for cochlear implant users. There are sections for babies and toddlers, kids, and teens and adults. It’s free with a simple registration.
- Sound and WAY Beyond is a computer-based rehabilitation program that can be purchased online.
- Build Your Own Program allows you to compile your own library of recorded audio-visual courses, articles, and activities tailored to your needs for free with just a few clicks.
- SoundScape Interactive Listening Activities provide auditory practice, with activities specifically for age groups from babies to adults. It’s free online.
- HERE is a previous CIO post with lots of links to telephone practice online.
- HERE is a previous CIO post with lots of links to music practice online.
Some things to remember:
- You can listen through speakers, over the ear headphones (just position them over your CI mic or mics), or a personal audio cable which directly connects your processor(s) to the computer
- If you have bilateral implants, you can practice with both ears, or one ear at a time — this is a great way to train a second ear!
- You can also find lots of listening links by searching for “English as a Second Language” in a search engine (or search for “Learn [other language name]” for listening in any other language). While these programs are not specifically targeted to cochlear implant users, they provide listening practice, often starting with very simple sentences and moving to more complex material.
- Parents should always play games with their young children. Leaving a child alone to click away at a computer is nowhere near as valuable as participating in listening games, even if they are computer-based, with an adult.
- Some of these activities provide an option for listening in noise. This is a great way to stretch your skills and practice a more “real world” situation. Even if the game does not have a noise feature, it’s easy to make your own by turning on a radio in the back ground… or just playing on the computer in a noisy room!
- Listening practice is NOT just for cochlear implant users. Users of hearing aids and Bahas can also benefit from auditory training to make maximum use of their devices.