Cochlear Implant Connections: A Biopsychosocial Audiologic Rehabilitation Program for Late-Deafened Adults With Cochlear Implants In this article, the authors describe a biopsychosocial approach to group audiologic/aural rehabilitation (AR) for late deafened adults with cochlear implants. A detailed account of Cochlear Implant Connections is provided, including the individual components of this innovative program. A qualitative review of written narratives and videotaped AR sessions illustrates the ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2011
Cochlear Implant Connections: A Biopsychosocial Audiologic Rehabilitation Program for Late-Deafened Adults With Cochlear Implants
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Denise Tucker
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Mary V. Compton
    Department of Specialized Education Services, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Lyn Mankoff
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Kelly Rulison
    School of Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2011
Cochlear Implant Connections: A Biopsychosocial Audiologic Rehabilitation Program for Late-Deafened Adults With Cochlear Implants
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2011, Vol. 18, 23-34. doi:10.1044/arii18.1.23
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2011, Vol. 18, 23-34. doi:10.1044/arii18.1.23

In this article, the authors describe a biopsychosocial approach to group audiologic/aural rehabilitation (AR) for late deafened adults with cochlear implants. A detailed account of Cochlear Implant Connections is provided, including the individual components of this innovative program. A qualitative review of written narratives and videotaped AR sessions illustrates the ongoing needs, expectations, challenges, and experiences of this underserved patient population. These challenges underscore the need for ongoing AR, including instruction, counseling, and support, to promote late deafened adults’ psychosocial adjustment and to maximize their peripheral and central auditory adaptation to cochlear implant use.

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