University of Edinburgh

Cochlear Implant Update Day

Presented on Tuesday 12 May 2011

Number of Participants: 16
Number of Respondents: 15

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?
Will disseminate to staff in the service to update skills and better support pupils.
Disseminate to staff, very useful for application with children.
The effect of unilateral and bilateral implants. Whole Cochlear Implant (CI) procedure.
Share knowledge with colleagues.
Have a better understanding of CIs and can use this when meeting CI users.
Passing info to parents and other professionals.
Informing/advice and information for parents and other professionals.
Bilateral implant management within a mainstream setting.
More information re sequential implants/general up-to-date information to share with colleagues/parents.
Have more informative information to chose specific radio aids and how they work to help inform other parents and professionals on why to use them.
Cascade information to rest of team, Teachers of the Deaf in the Authority. Useful for personal development, direct work with pupils.
When checking CIs and radio aids. When contacting Crosshouse.
I manage sensory impairment service and whilst very experienced in VI needs I am new to working with deaf people. Today has been valuable in terms of my own professional development and has given me a foundation to building my understanding of the needs of deaf children.
Very useful information to be able to pass on to the rest of the team and to support the CI children we visit.
Good range of background info as well as specific info and techniques to implement in therapy sessions and management.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Information specific to Crosshouse practices. Information on radio aids.
Range of information.
Auditory Verbal bit.
Lots of interesting/useful info on CIs.
Clear explanations without being too technical - fact based.
Clear advantages of CI issues relating to simultaneous or sequential bilateral implants explained clearly. Issues and support for fitting FM systems for children supported within service.
Sorting my head out regards new technology.
All of it interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed Jane’s talk - totally inspiring seeing the video clips!
Getting the info from professionals and not from third party, being able to ask questions.
Auditory Verbal Therapy.
Hands-on experience. Chance to network. Finding out/clarifying info from Crosshouse.
Found video clips extremely valuable. Networking valuable too.
Up-to-date information and to meet the CI team. Good to have hands-on opportunity.
Rehabilitation strategies - practical and helpful advice and info.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Pace quite fast if content was previously unknown to any participant.
More information on the rehabilitation - coming to accept the implant - what helps the person to progress with their implant(s).
More info on adults/teenagers with CIs would have been more useful to me personally.
Maybe too much time on rehab techniques as there is an auditory verbal course coming up and has been previously held at Crosshouse.
Perhaps less time spent on Auditory Verbal Therapy (attended course last year).
Subtitles for video clips - good plan B if loop isn't working!

Any other comments regarding the course?
Handouts with presentations would have been useful.
Very useful.
Very interesting.
Very clear and informative. Good scientific, technical information. Had been on ‘An Introduction to Auditory Verbal Therapy’ presented at Crosshouse Hospital.
Very informative.
Very helpful - thank you!

Location and Venue
Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Have you made use of the website? If yes:






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How did you hear about this course?
SSC Courses Brochure. (5)
Course Leaflet Mailshot. (3)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (2)
Colleague. (1)
SSC Website. (2)
No response. (2)

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
Outreach training.
Updates on assessments.
Updates on listening skills.
Updates on speech.
Training course to train people with acquired deafness.
Rehabilitation/coming to terms with deafness etc.
Training on acquired deafness - rehabilitation, support, counselling etc.
Training on rehabilitation for people with acquired hearing loss (how to deal with sudden hearing loss etc).
More opportunities to network.

Outcomes Assessment
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