Emotional Wellbeing and Support
It is important to think about your emotional wellbeing and/or your child’s emotional wellbeing, and seek support when necessary. If you notice that you/your child are finding things overwhelming, or find it difficult to cope with any emotions (sadness, worry, anger), please consider speaking to your GP who will be able to direct you to psychological support locally.
If you would prefer to access support designed specifically for individuals with a hearing loss, you may find the links below useful:
There is also a Clinical Psychology service within USAIS. This service provides support for patients who are undergoing assessment for, or who already have cochlear implants (children and adults), who are experiencing psychological distress related to their hearing loss or cochlear implant(s). Please see the leaflet below for further information, including how to arrange an appointment.
Some teens and adults may prefer to try self-help tools in the first instance, which focus on helping to understand any emotional difficulties and to develop coping strategies. Please click on the links below for further information:
Self Help Guides produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust web.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp – titles cover a range of mental health issues.
The Samaritans also offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way. A text messaging service is available.
Helping with Listening Effort
The cochlear implant is amazing technology. However, even though it helps you to hear, it is not exactly the same as hearing normally.
Everyone has to use some listening effort to understand speech but cochlear implant users work harder than a hearing person because they must fill in the gaps in sound.
The “Go for Gold!” series of leaflets provide further information about “listening effort” as well as helpful hints and tips on how to train your brain and manage this skill.