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Documents:  look here for useful information handouts and assessment tools, many available under a creative commons licence as we want you to adapt them to suit the families you support.

Video: hear from families in their own words on many issues relating to having a cochlear implant and ongoing support

Powerpoint: Liked the interactive module, want a powerpoint version you can adapt to use for training others?

Want more?  Get advice on what in our shop might suit your purpose or what courses you might like to attend.



Acoustics and the Listening Environment at Home                           

ALE Word Document Download

A useful information sheets for families, help families think about how they can make their home a better place for listening.  This document is licensed so that you can tailor it to meet your exact requirements for example you might like to translate it into another language. 

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NameCochlear Implant Processor Not Working                           

CIP Not Working Word Document Download

A quick no nonsense reminder guide for what to do when a speech processor is not working, works best when you have had some hands on training.  Further, processor specific information is always available from

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Connect and Communicate Book 3 - Language for Life 

This series of short books is designed for families of newly identified babies with hearing loss; they aim to foster confidence for parents in communicating with their child.  They are also useful for professionals as a way of starting a discussion about some of the key themes.   If you like this one for free why not buy the others in the series from our shop?

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Meet James

James was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation and identified with a profound hearing loss at 3 months of age.  He received his first cochlear implant at 14 months old and his second when 4 years.    He’s now nearly 7 years old and attends his local mainstream primary school where he is supported by a Teaching Assistant and a visiting Teacher of the Deaf.


Meet Kyle

Kyle was born full term; he was identified through new born screening with a moderate to severe hearing loss.  He wore hearing aids for the first two years of life but as his hearing deteriorated in one ear his parents considered a cochlear implant. In the clip Kyle is 4 years old and his mum tells how Kyle had an implant in one ear and continues to use a hearing aid in the other.


Meet Hashir

Hashir is now 5 years old, he was identified with profound hearing loss when he was 1 year old and his parents chose for him to have bilateral cochlear implants when he was 2 years 7 months.  He was reluctant to wear them and his parents worked hard over the first few months to get use of them consistent.  Hashir’s dad describes his progress with talking and how they have moved on from single words.


Meet Afza

Afza, now 9 years old was turned down for a Cochlear Implant when she was two years old as she was just outside of the audiological criteria.  Afza’s hearing levels deteriorated further and she was re-referred for assessment when she was 5 years old.  Afza has been listening with her cochlear implants for 3 years and attends her local mainstream school with a full time teaching assistant.


Afza, Communication and My Family 

In this short video Afza’s parents talk about how they made communication choices and how these communication choices were based on the need to enable Afza to be a part of the family.



Afza, home and school as a partnership

Let’s listen to Afza’s parents talk about how they have partnered with school, using a home school book and identifying their strengths and those of the school in helping Afza to learn.



Here for you to download and use in your training of others is the powerpoint presentation on which our interactive module was based.  All we ask is that you credit us and continue to share the work.  All the videos used in the presentation can be found in the video section of this page.

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More Resources for Use of CI at Home

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Recommended Face to Face Courses from The Ear Foundation

  • NatSIP training for Teaching Assistants
  • Children with Cochlear Implants: Moving On
  • Babies and Toddlers: A sound start
  • Developing language through daily routines; leave the bag of toys in the car

Find out more about our exciting Education Courses here