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A hearing implant team usually includes Rehabilitationists. These clinicians may be qualified as either a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD), a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) or as a Hearing Therapist (HT). They support newly implanted children and adults with these aspects:
- Establishing full time use of the external processor;
- Training/advice regarding equipment care;
- Awareness of environmental and speech sounds;
- Monitoring sound delivery through the implant, such as would promote speech and language development and communication;
Some rehabilitation teams may also provide:
- Training in use of the telephone [where appropriate];
- Advice on accessing music [where appropriate];
- Support with transition and change;
- Advice on promoting communication.
Rehabilitation support may be more intensive in the initial stages of using a hearing implant. Thereafter support is usually available on request.