University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 19: Introduction to Cochlear Implants

Presented on Tuesday 2 June 2015

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 31
Number of Respondents: 29

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?

Be more informed when working with parents and professionals. Better able to discuss implementation with families.
Improved knowledge for supporting future pupils and their families pre/post implantation.
To support parents of children with CI. To support/advise other professionals, such as education staff, who support child with CI.
Help me to understand client(s) who has cochlear implants.
Support pupils with implants appropriately. Have awareness of their difficulties and consider how I support them.
To support pupils with Cochlear Implants in school.
Learning I have got today will enable me to better support a child on my speech and language therapy caseload with cochlear implants. It has increased my confidence in supporting this child and others I may work with in the future.
This information will allow me to better support families on their journey to implants, especially in counselling parents. It will also inform and enhance my input following implantation.
I will use what I have learned in my place of work when I work with a boy with cochlear implants.
To support a new S1 pupil coming to high school and gives me greater awareness of the whole implant process.
As an outreach teacher for children with hearing impairments, this has provided me with a good base knowledge in the area. Currently don't have any children with CI, but was still very useful.
If I work with a child with CI in future, I will be more aware of why and how to monitor.
In my classroom practice and ongoing work with additional support for the deaf.
I found the part that covered the rehabilitation process most useful and will definitely use some of the information at work.
I work with university students 17+ and it will be useful to know what they have been through.
Understand more about how CI works. Appreciate the difficulty people go through.
I now have a clearer understanding of cochlear implants, so will be able to adapt my teaching to better match my pupils' needs.
Increased knowledge can be used in practice and passed on to others.
Share with mainstream staff in my school (we have a hearing impairment unit).
Useful as I am currently training as a Teacher of the Deaf and have not had much experience of CIs.
Lot of information to improve my teaching and understanding of what I am teaching, especially working with children with CI.
Further enhance my knowledge of the audiology used and the expectations of users.
Share the knowledge that I have learned.
General understanding to be used when working with a pupil.
To help support the child I work with.
Gives good background info for what students with hearing impairments have gone through and how cochlear implants work.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Found it all helpful.
Expert knowledge shared with participants.
The little videos of the children with CI.
The sequence from the beginning (preparing) to the implants.
Evidence of improvements in past implants through video demonstrations.
The clips of children with Cochlear Implants.
Seeing video footage of children at various stages post implant.
Combination of knowledge of speaker and video clips.
Highly knowledgeable presenter. Videos were very useful and emotional. Such an amazing thing!! Feeling very motivated and informed now.
Explaining how children hear with cochlear implants and progress.
Putting what could have been very technical, scientific language into user-friendly presentation.
Presenter was great.
I enjoyed all aspects of the course and the flow of the day. It provided a very comprehensive guide/background information to a new area of expertise.
Gaining a better understanding of importance of hearing to development of language centre at early age.
Information and visual material. Lots of info and knowledge and expertise shared.
Videos, depth of presentation.
Speaker was excellent and very knowledgeable.
How hearing works.
Seeing videos of children who have had surgery.
Well structured, relevant information.
Expertise of speaker and hearing about technology involved in implants. Amazing! Interesting to hear about the aspects of rehab post implant.
Knowledge of the presenter and opportunity to see video clips.
A lot of information presented clearly and in a way I could understand - at the right level for me!
Although there was a lot of content, it was delivered by a knowledgeable presenter in an interesting way.
Video clips - in depth.
Very experienced and enthusiastic speaker.
The videos of the children and their progress.
Description of process and of getting cochlear implants and difficulties that can arise.

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

Some of it was a little rushed. Perhaps some extra info on older children being implanted and their outcomes. Also, considerations when a child hasn't consistently worn aids or family not fully committed.
Handout of speech and language therapy presentation would have been useful as pace quite fast for note taking.
A bit more handout/information.
More than one speaker.
It would have been helpful to have the handouts for note taking.
It would have been helpful to have a handout. I have written 16 pages of notes.
Nothing - It was a fantastic presentation. Extremely interesting - a thoroughly enjoyable day!
Would have liked some information sheets from slides.
It would have been helpful to have been given a handout of the slides, especially for some of the diagrams, etc.
Handouts of PowerPoints to add our own notes.
Longer lunchtime - was a bit rushed.
Could have more active/interactive elements. It's a long time to sit and listen, no matter how interesting.
Possibly showing some commonly used assistive technologies and teaching aids.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 7
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 10
SSC eBulletin: 1
Colleague: 9
Other (please state): 1 (email from work), 1 (local authority)

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

Hands on CI course/workshop later in year sounds interesting.
Training on sign language.
Training for outreach teachers for children with hearing impairments - strategies, resources, assessments.
Supporting university students with HI.
Supporting adults with hearing impairments in higher education.
Auditory neuropathy.