Depending on your child’s or your situation and your doctor’s preference, you may go home the same day or spend the night in the hospital. You should be provided with post-implantation guidelines, including bathing and bandage treatment instructions, medication procedures, and possible activity restrictions. Adults often return to work or typical daily activities within a few days after implantation. You will likely experience the post-implantation roller coaster of “hurry up and wait.” Activation of the cochlear implant typically takes place two to four weeks after implantation, depending on how you heal. Then, once you’re activated, the steady, rich flow of sound to your brain will begin.
Usually, initial stimulation of the cochlear implant will take place in your audiologist’s office. Next, the audiologist will create a customized set of listening programs for your external sound processor. This initial activation process will vary for different cochlear implant centers.
Follow-up programming and training sessions to improve your hearing performance are typically scheduled in the weeks and months following the initial session. Long-term, adults typically have annual check-ups; younger children generally require more frequent checkups.
AB will continue to support you or your child’s journey to hearing with educational resources, outstanding customer service, and support to ensure that you or your child take full advantage of all the world of hearing has to offer.