Introducing SCIP : Our Service
Cochlear implantation is not a one off surgical procedure. Whilst the surgical procedure is a single event, activating and programming the device (psychophysics) is an ongoing scientific process which requires lifelong aftercare for the user. The patient attends the hospital on a regular basis in the first year to enable Clinical Physicists to activate and programme the device. Thereafter patients are seen annually (biannually for children).
New developments include home visits for elderly/infirm adults and provision of satellite clinics in Grampian, Highland and Tayside for children. Appointments for children in these areas alternate between their local hospital and Crosshouse Hospital. These developments have been well received by patients.
Most adults receive immediate benefit from the device from time of ‘switch-on’, as the sound sensation is meaningful and they have had previous experience of speech and hearing (prior to becoming profoundly deaf).
For congenitally deafened children, the situation is different. They are born with a profound hearing loss and have had no previous experience of speech or hearing. The cochlear implant gives them the potential to develop spoken language. The sound sensation only becomes meaningful through time by increased auditory awareness and spoken language exposure. The child’s local Speech & Language Therapy service and specialist Education service are responsible for the ongoing day-to-day habilitation support. The rehabilitation professionals from the implant team support them in this role and provide advice. They work together in setting targets for listening, communication, language and education. Each child has a named Speech & Language Therapist and Teacher of the Deaf from our team. Appointments are mainly offered in the child’s home area (in the home, at a clinic/hospital or in an educational environment).