University of Edinburgh

Trouble-shooting Cochlear Implants Day-to-day Management, including FM Systems

Presented on 27 February 2008

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 31; Number of Respondents: 23

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

Apply to checking children's implants whom I work with.
Checking systems in schools/nursery.
Every day and every way.
Much more pro-active approach to trouble-shooting will be adopted! (More adventurous perhaps!)
I will use the info in schools, both in helping children to get the most out of their implant, as well as helping teachers understand the benefits to be gained from it.
Once I have digested it (!), I will have to re-assess how all my radio systems are set up with us.
Hopefully pass on information to other colleagues.
Report back to colleagues. Confident use and management of equipment for me.
Pass on relevant info/strategies/ideas to CTs. Advise parents on 3 different Cochlear Implant processes to help with their decision.
Trouble-shooting information, plus material to illustrate to classroom assistants and class teachers how various factors affect hearing – all to help my son at home and in school.
To give more help and understanding.
I will pass on what I have learned, put it into practice and encourage others to attend next course.
Use with pupils in school especially for trouble-shooting.
When working with children at school.
There will be 2 implant users in our service after the summer so I will be more confident with their equipment.
About various cochlear implant systems.
Pass on the information to teachers of the deaf in my authority.
In my own daily practice – and also passing on what was learned to colleagues.
Share info to staff – CAT session. Re-visit checking protocols. Double check that we have a steady supply of high-powered batteries.
Be better able to advise parents who are now being given choice of system (CI).

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Practical workshop. (5)
Hands-on practical experience and demonstrations on checking systems.
Information aimed at beginner or advanced.
You delivered exactly what you said you would – and more! Thank you.
The general overviews and opportunity to try some of the equipment.
Having the companies in same room at same time.
All presentations were valuable but enjoyed workshops.
Very interesting to hear about all aspects of course. Good to get the opportunity for hands-on work. Lots of practical advice. Valuable to have resources to use with teachers to explain importance of using equipment.
Trouble-shooting sessions, but overviews also very useful.
Presentation material very good.
Hands-on approach.
Clear and understanding of all content.
Hands-on and working with all different equipment.
Pace of day kept you alert.
Hands-on and info given.
Workshops – though all info excellent.
Trouble-shooting the various systems was invaluable – clear and concise.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

Held in Glasgow or more central to west of Scotland. (2)
More time as usual!
The language was very technical at times and, to be fair, a lot of it was beyond me. Once I have had more experience, perhaps it would have been more accessible to me.
Maybe more time in groups sharing views and knowledge of others.
Handouts from all speakers, improved quality of printing of PowerPoint handouts.
All very comprehensive and well presented. Would have been good to have Crosshouse representatives there (with regard to management of FM receivers (settings) and transmitters).
Better lighting on speakers.
It might need 2 days because there was so much information.
Possibly earlier start with a tea break in the morning as morning session quite long.
Nothing (2) – it was an excellent day.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Some presentations already heard at other courses.
Absolutely brilliant.
Annual event could be feasible?
More focus on products used most in schools right now rather than products that are about to be released.
Interesting that there was no representation from Crosshouse. A definite need for audiologists to take on joint support with Education or FM Systems.
Refresher/update courses in future would be very welcome. Thank you.
Should be more regular for updates in advanced technology.
None except maybe more updates.
More please.
A great day.
Thank you – you should make this an annual event, so that all staff has the chance to attend.
More of the same please! To continue to refresh and update knowledge is crucial.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 9; Yes 12; No 2

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 4; Likely 16; Less Likely 3

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Leaving Edinburgh and bringing CPD opportunities locally to other education authorities outwith Edinburgh.
Audiology - deaf babies. Working with parents of deaf children under 3. Language and communication, Early Years 0-3 years.
Everything and anything - not much help but tried.
Guidelines on opposite standardised assessments to use with profoundly deaf children - language/maths specifically - modifications/approach, etc, in order to retain validity.  Implications for deaf candidates at Standard Grade/Higher Level - equity of access to full curriculum/examinations, etc.
Early language development such as 'The Small Talk' package? Or some auditory/verbal therapy with neo-natal screening working with babies, pre-school children and their families is becoming a large part of my remit and early language development very important.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes