University of Edinburgh

Update on Cochlear Implants

Presented on Monnday 10 September 2012

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 41
Number of Respondents: 38

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?
Hopefully improve quality of fault-finding with FM systems. Useful ideas re Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) in working with pre-school pupils.
Help plan for my pupils who have implants - focus on checks.
Being more confident in my practice.
Yes, I have not used/been involved with kids with Cochlear Implants (CI) yet but info was very informative.
This will enhance my understanding of the different types of implant and benefits of AVT.
I will look up information re troubleshooting problems with CI and the radio aids (RA).
Last part had extensive immediate practical application. Agnes Allen’s part increased basic understanding. Mid part much too fast.
Website will be great for troubleshooting. (2)
Assess CI children particularly pre-schoolers.
All of it. Practical help - day-to-day. Rehab - lots of ideas, gives me more confidence.
Have been re-assured I’m on the ‘right tracks’ with the children I work with.
Share with mainstream colleagues unable to attend today.
Day-to-day testing and course work.
Being able to support a few of the pupils I see. Being able to use troubleshooting advice.
Good to have had handouts at the time.
Inform parents. Filter to my team.
Good general background - for working with children and adults with CI.
When checking implants and RAs. When working with pre-school children.
Work with pre-school child and in checking the functioning of the radio equipment.
Just to be informed when working with families. By understanding the process that families go through, I feel better placed to support them.
The cochlear process in more depth, and information, which will aid my working with families.
In supporting families who are considering or going through the process. Also I did not know implants for adults was so successful when they have hearing loss in later life.
To help me working with newly implanted children.
More encouragement to parents and working with other agencies.
In working with CI pupils and developing programme.
Given me more confidence in working with children with CIs in school environment.
Benefit supporting child. More knowledge of how the implant works.
With my deaf children at home and in school.
Info about the FM processor very useful. As I am a secondary mainstream teacher, third session was very interesting but did not apply to my situation.
Greater awareness of implants.
Good ideas for activities.
To re-assess practice with young implant users - checking that we are following hierarchies of development.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
I was particularly interested in the fitting/management as I have recently been given responsibility for this in my Local Authority (LA).
Meeting the team from Crosshouse. Sharing good practice.
Being able to talk to people from Kilmarnock and other colleagues. (2)
Presentations had visuals; video clips which helped fully explain and provide info.
Video examples were very interesting. Good overview at the beginning.
The information about how a CI works and the last part about AVT was excellent.
Cochlear Implant info very important. AVT very useful and practical.
Info about implants and troubleshooting. (2)
Really enjoyed AVT slot.
So relevant – not too detailed.
Particularly enjoyed watching the videos (AVT-type activities).
Case studies in afternoon session.
Update on equipment/technology. (2) Re-enforcement of teaching strategies.
When Kenneth showed/talked about CIs and being able to see which parts he was talking about. Also being able to speak to other professionals - getting information from them.
Hearing about FM which was new to me. We are trialling three CI users at the moment.
AVT very informative. Very well presented.
Good range of info – liked the video clips to illustrate the afternoon talk.
All relevant.
The input from all the speakers, it was extremely useful and relevant.
(The microphone helped) Really useful to meet people dealing with CI all the time.
Information received re actual implant – Agnes and practical aspect of technology. The expectations of families and the commitment needed re speech.
Talks were paced well. Videos and images were very helpful.
Seeing videos of children to show development after implantation.
The afternoon session with Jane was more beneficial to me working in early years.
Good use of video clips to best show how speech therapy works. (2)
Can we have a whole day with Agnes and one day AVT?
Different presentations and mixtures of styles. Enjoyed videos in real life context.
Very interesting – the language work.
Well presented and easy to follow.
Update on particular processors. Video clips.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
Overall, an excellent day. Very worthwhile.
Course starting time, and times provided. Everything else was great.
Having implants available to look at during the sessions. This would have been better as a hands-on session, when talking about leads/batteries/processor etc.
It would have been helpful to have practical time to work with troubleshooting with RA and CI.
The speed of presentation part 1 and 2 – just way too much way too fast.
PM was rehab for pre-school - most Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) deal with school age.
To see the implants/processors.
Hands-on practise with equipment – FM testing with CIs etc.
Handouts when we arrived would have been helpful so as to take notes while speaker was speaking, thanks.
Set-up of the room, it was difficult to see slides at the back. However, I’m pleased these will be emailed.
It would be nice to see and handle implants and practise changing batteries and wires.
I felt the working of the implant would have been improved if I had the device in front of me, as I am more practical than scientific.
Next time can it be a two-day course?
I actually need a bit more basic info as new to this area of support - assumed level of knowledge I don’t have.
Course started too late, 10 (am) would be better.
Some content on strategies for teenagers - vocal expansion etc.
First presentation not in-depth enough. Hands-on experience with different processors, working with older children, especially teenagers with ASN - and rehab.
Would have been good to have had hands-on experience re checking/troubleshooting. Smaller groups for such practical work would have encouraged more discussion.

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