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Auditory Factors Driving Cochlear Implant Outcomes in Adults & Children: Channel Independence & Spectrotemporal Processing
Format(s): eWorkshop
Recent studies from the presenters’ laboratory demonstrate a relationship between electrode-to-modiolus distance and channel independence. Specifically, children and adults who use cochlear implants (CIs) (precurved electrodes) demonstrate performance gains up to 12 and 16 channels. The presenters’ working theory is that greater channel independence affords better spectrotemporal resolution. This presentation describes the relationship between spectrotemporal processing and CI outcomes for adult and pediatric CI users. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. This session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Hearing, Tinnitus, and Vestibular Science.
Overcoming Challenges in Pediatric & Adult Cochlear Implant Users With Exceptionalities
Format(s): eWorkshop
Children and adults who use cochlear implants and have additional exceptionalities present challenges in diagnostic testing and therapeutic intervention for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. This session reviews current research on communication and quality of life in this population, while also highlighting real-world clinical practices in assessing, treating, and defining success in these patients. This course was presented and recorded at the 2019 ASHA Convention. The session was developed by, and presenters invited by, Audiology Implantables.
Bilateral and Bimodal Hearing With Cochlear Implants
Format(s): eWorkshop
Many individuals with unilateral cochlear implants are good candidates for a second device. This session discusses some of the roadblocks to sequential or simultaneous cochlear implantation and how to overcome them. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Hearing Assistance Technology for Cochlear Implants
Format(s): eWorkshop
In general, adults and children who obtain cochlear implants achieve favorable speech recognition outcomes. However, the presence of background noise—even minimal amounts—can negatively impact speech understanding. This session provides an overview of the hearing assistance technologies available for individuals with cochlear implants as well as evidence of the efficacy and effectiveness of the various types. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Helping School Personnel Support Students With Cochlear Implants
Format(s): eWorkshop
Many school-based personnel are unsure how to best support students with cochlear implants, and this session explores how clinicians across settings (clinics and schools) and professions (audiologists, SLPs, and educators) can work together to help students reach their goals. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
The Basics of Sound Processor Programming
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session gives professionals a “behind-the-curtain” view of what goes on during a cochlear implant programming appointment to inform their work with children and adults who use these devices. This perspective should be particularly useful when it comes to the management of the hearing aid on the contralateral ear as well as the management of rehabilitative and therapeutic needs. The speaker places special emphasis on how professionals can best communicate with each other to maximize the outcomes for individuals who use cochlear implants. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Troubleshooting Cochlear Implant Sound Processors & Accessories
Format(s): eWorkshop
Cochlear implant technology has evolved over time to include sophisticated features such as accessory-based and direct streaming, remote control devices and apps, bimodal compatibility, and more – and hearing health providers must become proficient with it all. This session explores working with and efficiently troubleshooting these modern and increasingly common systems, such as remote microphones, DM/FM systems, and mobile devices to improve patient outcomes and increase clinic efficiency. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Advances in Cochlear Implant Technology
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses the latest advances and updates in cochlear implant technology, including electrode array design, approaches to preservation of residual hearing, the variety of processors and compatible approaches to successful bimodal use, wireless technology, and the array of accessory options available for optimal listening. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Auditory Neuropathy and Cochlear Implants
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session will discuss listening and spoken language skills assessments for accurate diagnosis of auditory neuropathy in children as well as various treatment options and considerations, including cochlear implantation. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Case Studies in Cochlear Implants for Adults
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session highlights case examples that describe the referral and management process for adults who may benefit from or who are currently using cochlear implants. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Case Studies in Cochlear Implants for Children
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session explores pediatric patients, including determining cochlear implant candidacy and managing this patient population after they receive a cochlear implant. The session uses case examples to help clinicians generalize how they may be able to provide services to pediatric patients in their clinic or practice. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Cochlear Implant Candidacy: Predictors of Success
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses the current parameters for identifying cochlear implant candidates and provides an update on cochlear implantation that aims to clarify misconceptions that may influence referral patterns. The speaker points out resources that clinicians can use to offer comprehensive, authoritative information on cochlear implantation candidacy to their patients. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Complex Cases in Children With Cochlear Implants
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session discusses auditory development and setting realistic expectations for outcomes for children with cochlear implants in two special, complex populations: those who receive their implants at a very young age and those who may have a secondary disability. The presenters provide a hierarchy of assessment tools that allow clinicians to assess children’s auditory skills as well as strategies clinicians can use to develop and discuss with parents realistic expectations for their children. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Key Considerations for Referring Children and Adults for Cochlear Implants
Format(s): eWorkshop
No national or international consensus exists on the delivery of care specific to pre-operative and post-operative audiologic cochlear implant evaluation and management. As such, decision-making regarding testing methods is largely made by the professional judgement of the clinician, which can bring with it discrepancies in testing that lead to inconsistent access to cochlear implants. This session discusses these discrepancies and provides a set of guidelines clinicians can use to refer patients for a cochlear implant evaluation. The session addresses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach when evaluating candidates for cochlear implants. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Providing Telehealth Services to Individuals With Cochlear Implants
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session illustrates how telehealth/telepractice can enable professionals to make their services more easily accessible to clients with cochlear implants who are in poor health or live in remote areas where travel is a challenge. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Shoot for the Moon: Measuring Outcomes for Cochlear Implant Recipients
Format(s): eWorkshop
There is not much consensus or standardization in the practices professionals use to measure outcomes for cochlear implant (CI) recipients. This session examines outcome measurement, providing clear and concise recommendations for assessment of outcomes in adult and pediatric CI recipients. This course is a recorded session from the 2019 online conference “Audiology 2019: Cochlear Implants.”
Effects of Cochlear Implants on Language Development in School-Age Children
Format(s): Journal (Online)
This journal self-study course compares language performance in children with and without cochlear implants from preschool to 6th grade. The articles examine levels of language from phonology to prosody, offering insights into areas of strength and weakness as well as clinical directions. The first article examines consonant acquisition patterns based on hearing exposure. The second and third articles compare morphosyntactic, lexical, and phonological awareness profiles, the effect of literacy on each language skill, and types of errors produced in school-age children with and without cochlear implants. The fourth article explores differences in word-learning strategies that could affect lexical development and offers clinical suggestions based on these findings. The final article explores children’s abilities to discriminate emotional intent based on suprasegmental characteristics in the speech signal.

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