Programming Noise

Your audiologist can help you decide whether programming Noise for your child may be of benefit.

Your audiologist can help you decide whether programming Noise for your child may be of benefit.

This may be suitable if yourchild meets the following minimum criteria:

  • Is an experienced CI user (minimum use one year)
  • Has age appropriate language development
  • Consistently self-reports; and
  • Has parents and teachers who are willing toparticipate in monitoring.

For ease of use, Cochlear’s recommendation is to set two programs only: Everyday as Program 1 and Noise as Program 2. By using only the two programs,it’s simple to change to the Noise setting for the school day, either by using the remote or the buttons on theprocessor, and then back to Everyday when your child is no longer in the classroom.

For younger school children, you and your audiologist might decide that it is best for you to set the processor to Noise for the entire school day (you can switch overbefore they leave for school), then back to Everyday when they return home.

For older school children, we recommend setting the sound processor to noise for the entire school day for aminimum two week adjustment period. After this time, you and your audiologist might agree to teach your childto change between programs by themselves by eitherusing the remote or the buttons on the sound processor.

Time to adjust

It’s important to remember that it might take alittle time for your child to get used to the change.

We would recommend allowing at least two weeksfor them to adjust. The PEACH tool, developed by National Acoustic Laboratories, a division of Australian Hearing, is a tool that can help you and your audiologist together monitor the progress your child is making. To download a free copy of the tool visit http://nal.gov.au

Make sure your child understands that they will experience a change in how things sound when theyswitch to Noise. Sometimes young children react to this change by saying they are having trouble hearing. This is usually a reaction to the fact that the Noise program reduces background noise while zooming into the speaker in front. Younger children in particular may perceive the reduction in background noise as a reduction in hearing, while in fact their ability to perceive speech over background noise, is improved.

Involve the teacher

Your child's teacher is an important partner in your child’s hearing success. Talk to both your child and his/her teacher about how to use the Noise setting to get the best hearing in class.

Ask your child’s teacher to let you know of any problems they are experiencing or changes in your child’s behaviour in class so you can discuss this with your child’s audiologist during your next appointment. The TEACH tool, also developed by National Acoustic Laboratories, a division of Australian Hearing, is a tool that can help your child’s teacher evaluate the change in programming.To download a free copy of the tool visit http://nal.gov.au.

Involve your child

After the initial two week period of changing the settingfor the entire school day, you might want to consider letting your child have more control over their settings.

If your child is older, or confident with technology – as so many children are these days – then don’t be afraid to teach them how to change between settings themselves, either by using the two-way remote or on the sound processor.

Children love to take charge of their own environments, and switching between programs is easier than many of the technologies they use with confidence in their everyday lives, such as mobile phones, computers and video games. Once they get comfortable with doing this, switching to Noise for the classroom and Everyday to play cricket in the playground is as easy as ABC.