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Surgical healing after cochlear implant (CI) surgery takes about a week. The real question is how you function on the job while a cochlear implant is coming online. Many times, early hearing with a CI sounds terrible. Be patient, it takes a few weeks or months to get past this. Lipreading often starts pretty soon after CI surgery. On average, it takes 3 to 6 months for hearing without lipreading to improve. Most people take an entire year to get fully online with their new hearing.
Until then, here are some ideas that use your new CI at work.
Situation #1: Hearing "out and about" where there's background noise. Talking to someone in the same room as you.
For teleconferencing, you can incorporate captioning services. You can also practice these techniques before surgery. This can make the transition more smooth.
Please contact us if you have your own tricks!
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