DeafHear Regional News
Cochlear Implant Dublin Gathering
On the 22nd and 23rd July we held workshops in North Frederick Street for people who have a Cochlear Implant. We also invited them to bring a family member/partner to attend with them. The main aims of the two days was to provide an opportunity for people to come together, to share their CI experiences, to build a support network within the group as well as with Deafhear. For the CI family members, attending the workshops meant that they were able to build a greater understanding of the process as well as identify their key role in the rehabilitation process. Everyone who attended was able to share with other members of the group some of the difficulties they experienced and some of the solutions that worked for them.
Guest speakers were Jaclyn Smith – Senior Audiological Scientist / Coordinator Adult CI Programme Beaumont Hospital who gave an interesting talk on the T Switch facility of hearing aids. We also heard from Lesley Flood – Speech and Language Therapist from Beaumont Hospital who covered some of the aspects of the Rehabilitation Process. We also held a short evening session for people who were unable to attend during the day. Overall we had 20 people attending the two days.
As the CI Gatherings grow, more and more people from all over Ireland are having the opportunity to meet and share experiences and wisdom, get support from other CI users and learn to get the best from their CI.
Plans are underway for the next event which will be held in Portlaoise from September 30th – October 2nd.
For anyone interested in attending or finding out more about CI Gatherings please contact us.