ABS108 - Development of psychological protocol of assessment and monitoring for the pre-lingual deaf adult indicated for the cochlear implant
Paper in a Working Group Roundtable (WGRT)
5:00 PM, Wednesday 30 Aug 2017 (1 hour)
Convention Center - 2000 A - Table A
The objective of this research is to develop a protocol of psychological assistance for the deaf adult individual who wants the Cochlear Implant procedure, that enables him to listen. In order for this appliance to generate an adequate hearing response, the individual needs an auditory memory. The pre-lingual deaf, a person who was born deaf and who has not developed this memory, needs a specific service to enable the creation of this relationship with the world of sound. The hearing health program in Brazil includes formalized protocols in the medical and speech therapy area, and there are no guidelines for psychological field work with the subject who wants to make use of the Cochlear Implant. The creation of this protocol is to fill a gap in the area, aiming at a comprehensive care that the subject has a broad understanding of their current condition with regard to their little or no experience with sound. The method used was the qualitative analysis of records of three subjects that was attended between 2006 to 2009 at a hospital in Curitiba-PR, Brazil. Two subjects had psychological counseling before and after implant surgery, and a third had standard monitoring (speech therapy and medical). The results indicate that the psychological counseling increased the identification of sounds with meaning in the lives of participants. They began to identify sounds that allowed them greater autonomy in life, for example, leave alone the street, to hear the front door of their houses being opened.