Speech-language pathologists also known as SLPs are communication specialists1.
SLPs should help with assessing and enhancing communication skills of a cochlear implant recipient. SLPs can work with all age groups from babies to adults.
This process is known as aural habilitation (or rehabilitation if retraining). It is the process of helping the patient gain listening and communication skills. Key techniques include:
- Speech reading
- Voice therapy
- Music training
The objective remains the same that is to re-establish full speech and language abilities to go along with the restored ability to hear.