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PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS FOR                                                   DATE

 

 

 

PROGRAM                                DATES TO BE USED:              -     SHAPING

map #                                           M levels_________________     flat

                                                                                                                  mid freq emph

                                                                                                                  high freq emph

                                                      T levels__________________    low freq emph

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SOUNDS:     (circle all that apply)

 

 

 

 

1.  No detection observed

 

 

2.  Acknowledges detection of environmental sounds when directed to the sound

within 3 feet              between 3-10 feet            at a distance > 10 feet

3.  Detects environmental sounds spontaneously

within 3 feet              between 3-10 feet            at a distance > 10 feet

4.  Identifies environmental sound

within 3 feet              between 3-10 feet            at a distance > 10 feet

5.  Other, describe  _________________________________________________

                                  _________________________________________________

                                  _________________________________________________

 

 

 

SPEECH SOUNDS:                         (circle all that apply)

 

 

 

 

1.  No detection observed

 

 

2.  Detects Speech

 

 

within 3 feet              between 3-10 feet            at a distance > 10 feet

3.  Recognizes name

 

 

within 3 feet              between 3-10 feet            at a distance > 10 feet

4.  Recognizes isolated words

 

 

within 3 feet              between 3-10 feet            at a distance > 10 feet

5.  Recognizes common phrases

within 3 feet              between 3-10 feet            at a distance > 10 feet

6.  Other, describe  _________________________________________________

                                  _________________________________________________

                                  _________________________________________________

 

 

 

SPEECH PRODUCTION:              (circle all that apply)

 

 

 

 

1.  No detection observed

 

 

2.  Increased vocalization

 

 

3.  Attempts production of sounds which they previously did not attempt

4.  Produces more vowels/consonants with model

5.  Produces more vowels/consonants spontaneously

6.  Overall intelligibility improving as indicated by better approximations of words

(list words if possible)

7.  Other, describe  _________________________________________________

                                  _________________________________________________

                                  _________________________________________________

                        Figure 5.2. Program Report Form

Checking Microphone Function

The microphone of the cochlear implant has the same problems as hearing aid microphones. Moisture can make a microphone intermittent or completely useless. Microphone function can be assessed in a number of ways. First, the parent can do a visual inspection for any outward signs of damage or moisture. Second, the parent can ask the child to make certain auditory discriminations without the use of visual cues. (Note: this is a check that can only be performed on children who have reached a particular level of auditory sophistication.) Third, the parent can use the special plug-in microphone that comes with body-worn speech processors to see if the regular headset microphone works.


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