A RESOURCE FOR THE
NEWLY-IMPLANTED TEEN OR ADULT
Auditory repetitions neurologically set up the brain to understand what
has been heard. Experience shapes the brain!
WEB SITES FOR
INDEPENDENT LISTENING PRACTICE
Caution: You must have a speaker
with your computer!
Dr. Phil's Life Strategies
Bill O'Reilly's The No-Spin Zone
William J. Bennett's Book of Virtues
Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence read by Christophher Gaze
Please keep in mind that the viewpoint of these CDs are not being
recommended. Should any CI users have other CDs or audiotapes that they
have enjoyed and can recommend, please contact
and she will add them to this list.
This is a contribution from Susan
Boswell, a cochlear implant user for 1 and 1/2 years at the time she
As a general rule, I've found
Recorded Books (www.recordedbooks.com)
to have a good selection of unabridged books with no background music.
I've had particular success with young adult fiction books/teen readers,
because the narrators seem to talk slower than those who read adult
fiction. For example, I enjoyed "Memories of Summer," "Island of the
Blue Dolphins," and "Will" by Gary Paulson.
In addition, try books in which the narrator does not try to act out the
story and take on the speech mannerisms of the character in the story. I
enjoyed "Jacob Have I Loved," but the narrator took on the character's
voices, making it more challenging at first.
I'm told that non-fiction books are generally easier than fiction. I
like to listen to books in the car during my long commute. This can
sometimes be challenging, and if I'm struggling with a book at first, I
try direct audio input by connecting the implant to the CD/tape player
with a patch cord. Later on, I may be able to enjoy the book without
needing direct audio input.
And here is a contribution from Paul
Lurie, a CI user for 6 years at the time of this suggestion:
I find the best way to listen to
"books on tape" is to use the Audible service at
www.audible.com. This service (for
a monthly fee) allows you to download the latest books, NPR programs
such as Fresh Air and This American Life, the Wall Street Journal etc.
Most important is that these can be downloaded either to CDs or to a
free with the service "MP3 type" (not MP3) player called the Otis. It is
about the size of a small package of cigarettes. It takes small memory
cards which can contain entire 8 hour books. There are other available
MP3 players listed on the site. Considering that CD is a cheap higher
quality than tape format, it is the way to go. Tape is not supported
since it would be too cumbersome.
You can listen to these devices either through a walkman type patch
cords. I prefer with the Cochlear 3G to use headphones or a sillouette
adapter (slips over the ear) and the telecoil setting. The Otis also
comes with an adapter that will fit into a tape player for use in an
Disadvantages to Audible over books on tape from the public library. The
cost. If you can afford it, the variety, the convenience and the quality
is worth it.
Postscript note from Ellen:
Research clearly shows that when you are neurologically anticipating
what you are going to hear, you set yourself up for
hearing/understanding. Expecting the brain to hear is the neurology of
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