Who to talk to

Ultimately you are the only person who can make the final decision, but there are many people who can help you make an informed choice. To help you in your decision-making process, talk to:

Ask a mentor

The above are all great sources of information but there’s really no substitute for speaking to someone who has been through the decision and implantation process. Here are some suggestions for questions, but you probably have many more of your own:

  • What is living with the implant like on a daily basis for you/your child?
  • Is the audio processor comfortable?
  • Are there any activities you/your child can’t do while wearing the audio processor?
  • What difference has the implant made to your/your child’s life, both on a daily and a long-term basis?
  • What are the benefits of the implant?
  • Are there any downsides to the implant and how do you deal with them?

  • What was your/your child’s experience of learning to speak or rehabilitation?
  • How does your child’s speech compare with that of other children their age?
  • Are you happy with the decision you made?
  • Would you recommend an implant to someone else?
  • Is there anything you would do differently?
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