UNC Greensboro Program Researches Effects of Cochlear Implants

Study examines the experience of learning to hear again

At UNC-Greensboro, a three-year research project known as Cochlear Implant Connections (CIC) has its roots in a study from years ago, where professors realize that while children with cochlear implants were included, older adults with cochlear implants were not—an all-too-common problem among this population.

“We’re the exception rather than the rule here,” said Dr. Denise Tucker, professor and principal investigator for the project. “It’s not common for late-deafened adults with cochlear implants to have this kind of opportunity.”

The CIC research study is exploring the benefits of a biopsychosocial group therapy program to meet the physical, emotional and social challenges of learning to hear again. The CIC research program is a 10-week group therapy open to newly implanted, late-deafened adult CI users. Subjects receive instruction, listening practice, and additional means of support. According to the School of Health and Human Sciences’ website, examples include:

  • Learning about your implant and how it works.
  • Learning about the human ear and brain working together in the implant transition process to help you listen.
  • Learning how to use communication strategies to cope with difficult listening situations.
  • Share your experiences and concerns with other CI users.

The program is currently recruiting for the Fall 2019 semester. If you or someone you know is interested in CIC, please contact Dr. Amy Myers for more information at (336) 334-3266 or by email at [email protected].

SOURCES: UNC-Greensboro

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