Programming and Rehabilitation
An additional consideration is learning to interpret the sounds created by an implant. This process takes time and practice. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are the professionals frequently involved in this learning process. Not everyone performs at the same level with a cochlear implant. Prior to implantation, all of these factors need to be discussed.
Initial stimulation and programming takes two days and usually occurs 3 to 4 weeks following surgery. Follow-up visits begin on a weekly then monthly basis for the first 6 months. Bimonthly visits are scheduled up until one year following initial programming. Follow up after the first year of cochlear implant use in 3 to 4 times each year. Children may require more frequent programming than adult cochlear implant recipients.
All patients will undergo standardized evaluation of speech perception. All follow up programming is provided by the highly experienced VCUHS Cochlear Implant Team.