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Below are some links we have found which are useful for families when first beginning to use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.

Strategies for keeping hearing aids or cochlear implants on your child’s ears

Your child needs to wear their hearing devices all the time that they’re awake to ensure they have every opportunity to learn to listen, otherwise their listening and talking development will be slowed down. It is important to get your child into a routine so they quickly learn that putting their hearing devices on and learning to listen is part of their everyday lives.

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Developing routines with your child

When we learn something new, it’s important to be shown the task a few times, the same way each time, so that we can learn the steps involved. Think of how confusing it would be if you were shown how to tie your shoe laces three different ways, and were then expected to do it yourself independently. This is the same for your child learning language – we must keep the language we use consistent, using the same types of words and phrases each time. Routines and the language around routines help a child to learn more easily.

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Creating a good listening environment

It is more difficult to hear speech when there is competing background noise, it is even harder for your child who has a hearing aid or cochlear implant. How can you make your home a better listening environment?

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Sounds for Sam

Sounds for Sam is a children’s story book that was launched by members of our team in March 2012 and is now integrated into our clinical practice. It is used as a resource to assist families in communicating with their child before surgery about what an implant is, the assessments involved, the operation and the post-operative programming.

Cover of Sounds for Sam story book