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Required viewing for ALL CI candidates & Audiology students,
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This review is from: Hear and Now (DVD)I strongly recommend this movie for anyone who already has a cochlear implants, prospective CI candidates or parents of kids with CI's; and also all Audiologists, whether practicing or are studying to become one, as filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky accidentally documented two avoidable CI failures, with Sally's worse than Paul's.
Watch the movie twice: The first time, just sit back and enjoy the story with your entire family, as any member of the viewing public would do so, as that alone rates a good Four Stars. But then, watch the second half again, from the implant surgery forward through 1st stim and subsequent MAP's to the end.
Notice something missing?! HINT: Sally Taylor has personally told me this is the most common question asked at film screenings.
---> WHERE IS THE FOLLOWUP AUDITORY THERAPY? <---
That's right, Paul and (especially) Sally were victimized by their CI center, with poor quality 1st stim, followup MAPs, and the total *lack* of auditory (re)habilitation. This is a superb documentary of an absolute, miserable #FAIL by the Audiology profession, *especially* in Rochester, NY, which has 90,000 deaf residents -- The highest concentration in the world. In fact, both Sally and Paul are retirees from NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf; one of eight Colleges at RIT), so it's not like deafness is an unknown quantity among the healthcare profession in the area.
If you already watched the edited version on HBO, buy the DVD anyway as it has an additional 20 minutes that didn't make the cut, mostly of booth testing... But it's worth it to those to both groups -- Hearing healthcare professionals and hearing impaired patients & their families.
I very strongly recommend this film for any and all in the hearing healthcare industry, as it clearly demonstrates how auditory rehab is critical to patient success; and what happens when professionals #FAIL to provide adequate followup care.
I also strongly recommend this film to any and all members of the hearing impaired (hard-of-hearing, deaf and Deaf) community, as well as to their families.
Editor, The Hearing Blog
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Initial post: Oct 2, 2012 10:01:03 AM PDT
Alexa Evans says:
Thanks, Dan! I was wondering if they had gotten any rehab or therapy after watching the movie. It was just awful what Sally was going through and it was so hard to watch especially as a hard of hearing person.
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