Simple Practice Suggestions at Home
Immediately after your activation get started learning to listen with your cochlear implant.
Begin listening with a close friend or a family member who wants to be your Listening Coach:
1: Follow along as your Listening Coach reads a passage in a book.
Ask your reader to stop at certain words, so you can speak the words out loud. After this exercise, have him/her randomly read any sentence in a paragraph, so you can guess which sentence it was.
2: Without relying on speech-reading, have your Listening Coach voice
Names of people you know
Simple sentences: "How are you?" or "Nice to meet you."
3: Listen to basic "read-along" children's books available on CDs at the library.
Work up to more challenging literature as your training progress.
4: Listen to public radio or sports radio.
Talk shows are a good source of practice because they often deal with current news or familiar topics – giving you clues about the gist of conversation.
Be sure to prompt your Listening Coach to –
"speak slowly and clearly...
use short sentences...stay on topic, etc."