Cochlear Implant Follow-up

Follow-up for adults

After completion of basic therapy, CI users need lifelong medical follow-up. This involves regular follow-up appointments three, six and twelve months following cochlear implantation and, after that, annual appointments at the German Hearing Center (Deutsches HörZentrum, DHZ). This is necessary to identify and manage potential complications in good time. Regular follow-up also ensures quality control of the implant.

The aims are as follows:

  • Medical check-up (eardrum, wound healing, implant bed)
  • Optimisation of speech processor programming
  • Technical check-up of the cochlear implant system
  • Review of auditory progress made to date
  • Information on up-to-date technical innovations
  • Prescription of additional intervention measures (speech and language training, rehabilitation measures, etc.)
  • Assistance with social medicine issues
  • Guidance for patients and their relatives and psychosocial counselling provided by educators regarding general satisfaction with the CI (wearing comfort, setting, possible upgrades) and assessment of the contralateral side regarding possible bilateral implantation for optimum success
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with physicians, speech and language therapists at the CI user’s place of residence, early-intervention institutions, schools,companies and workplaces

 

Follow-up for children

After completion of basic therapy at the CIC „Wilhelm Hirte“ or DHZ, cochlear implanted children need lifelong follow-up. This generally includes annual follow-up appointments at our Hearing Center. This is necessary to identify and manage potential complications in good time.

The aims are as follows:

  • Medical check-up (eardrum, wound healing, implant bed)
  • Review of auditory progress and speech development achieved to date
  • Information on up-to-date technical innovations
  • Prescription of additional intervention measures
  • Assistance with social medicine issues, especially issues regarding schooling or vocational training
  • Maintaining contact with schools / intervention institutions
  • Maintaining contact with the Berufsbildungswerk (BBW), an occupational training institute for which regular consultation hours are available (by arrangement) at the DHZ