Thomas Ohl


Like a stampede, the cochlear implant (CI) has taken the worlds of deaf and hardof- hearing persons by storm. From its inception in the mid 1980's, some have embraced the technology as a miracle cure, while others have thought of it as cultural genocide. Yet, today, many would argue that the implant has come and is here to stay. There are many teachers with students using implants who feel inadequately prepared to deal with this technology. You might be one of them. If you are, this booklet is for you...keep reading! This book will provide you with skills and expertise related to working with your student. My goal in providing you this resource is threefold: 1.) To enable you to become a teacher that can help your student become a successful (ie. auditory and speech skill development) and independent implant user; 2.) To prepare you to be an effective consultant to and partner with parents, teachers, audiologists, speech-language therapists (SLPs), and other colleagues in your immediate school environment; and 3.) To guide you to other resources that will assist you in finding answers to questions not included in this booklet. As a teacher myself, I believe it is our professional responsibility to meet the needs of our students to the best of our abilities. If you have a student using an implant, this booklet is a great start (and a great resource guide to keep returning to). Recognizing the time constraints of a teacher, I have attempted to pull together a wide breadth of information from multiple sources in an easy-to-read, easy-to-find format. After reading this booklet, I hope you agree. Tom Ohl The Author

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Master's Project

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Department, Program, or Center

Master of Science of Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NTID)


Sims, Donald - Chair

Advisor/Committee Member

Wallber, Josara

Advisor/Committee Member

Bateman, Gerald


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