Science Friday posted a video segment yesterday that featured two audiologists from the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center (where I go). One is Rene Giffords, the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program. She’s heavily involved in cochlear implant research at Vanderbilt. The other is Emily Driscoll, also an audiologist at Vanderbilt. She has hearing loss and received a cochlear implant.
This video segment discusses Emily’s journey some, with her personal perspectives and Rene offers insight about the process involved in working with people with cochlear implants.
While there are features within the computer technology that powers a cochlear implant to make hearing better/easier/more enjoyable, there are still so many other elements that actually go into helping each person reach a place where they perceive their hearing to be closer to what they desire (never what we had before, but as close as possible with artificial means).
I love this video! There are a couple of different brands of cochlear implants used by individuals in the video, but the video isn’t about that. It’s about life with a cochlear implant – both for the patient and the audiologists we work with. I hope you enjoy it!