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Using data logging as a counseling tool with adult cochlear system 6 recipients
Tapper L.
Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service, The Listening for Life Centre, Bradford, United Kingdom
Intro: Data logging is now available for system 6 recipients. Data Logging provides information about the amount
of time the cochlear implant recipient has used their speech processor in different listening environments,
including time spent listening to music. This level of detailed feedback can provide useful information for the
cochlear implant recipient and clinician if it is used sensitively.
Methods: Data logging has been available for cochlear implant recipients at the Yorkshire Auditory Implant
Service since October 2013. Information provided by data logging is now being used routinely in rehabilitation
appointments with adult cochlear implant recipients.
Results: Through the use of data logging more information about how cochlear implant recipients are using their
implants has been available. This has allowed appropriate guidance and targeted support. Examples are:
An adult cochlear implant recipient with learning difficulties was identified as having difficulty keeping
their coil in place in their home environment. Without data logging this problem may not have been
A prelingually deaf adult was struggling to adjust to listening through their implant. Data logging showed
that they spent the majority of time in a completely quiet environment. Counseling was used to facilitate
an increase in their exposure to sounds and speech.
A cochlear implant recipient was very disappointed in how music sounded. Analysis clearly identified that
their exposure to music was a lot less than they had thought. Through collaborative discussion they
identified how they could increase their time spent actively listening to music to see if they could
enhance their music appreciation.
Discussion: Through the careful use of questioning and reflecting the clinician and cochlear implant recipient
can work together to discover the best route to achieving benefit from cochlear implantation through increasing
listening opportunities.
Conclusion: Information obtained through data logging offers useful information into the cochlear implant
recipient´s use of their processor. It can reveal why a cochlear implant recipient may not be making expected
progress and in many cases can be used as a motivational tool. However, insensitive handling of data logging
information could potentially result in a poorer outcome than if no data logging information was available.
Learning outcome: Clinicians can use information from data logging to facilitate an increase in opportunities for
listening practice, leading to better performance outcomes for cochlear implant recipients.