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Being all ears: A systemic perspective of the role of the psychologist in cochlear implantation

Elsie M. Schoeman, David P. Fourie
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 51, No 1 | a207 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v51i1.207 | © 2019 Elsie M. Schoeman, David P. Fourie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 2004

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Elsie M. Schoeman, University of South Africa, South Africa
David P. Fourie, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

For those hearing-impaired individuals who do not derive any benefit from hearing amplification, cochlear implantation sometimes provides a useful alternative. Recently cochlear implant teams started to incorporate psychological services, mainly as a means to evaluate candidates as to their suitability to receive implants. This paper shows that cochlear implants can have serious and wide-ranging repercussions for the implantee and/or for the family, sometimes necessitating psychotherapeutic services. A case study provided to illustrate the need for a much wider role for psychotherapeutic services and to also demonstrate how the adoption of a systems perspective can be of value to the therapeutic process.

Keywords

cochlear implants; hearing loss; systemic perspective; case study; role of the psychologist/ psychotherapist

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