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What Can You Hear : Background Noise

Background noise can be particularly troublesome for a cochlear implant user.

For children the typical classroom can be challenging due to competing background noise. There are many strategies that can help overcome this.  Careful placement of the pupil away from sources of noise such as open windows, computers, fans etc, will help. Classrooms with lower ceilings and carpeting reduce reverberation. The use of FM systems or sound field systems can also be beneficial in improving the signal to noise ratio.

In adults similar strategies can be employed to help reduce the effect of background noise. In social situations choosing where to sit carefully, away from music speakers, noisy doors or open windows can help. Pick a well lit area where lip reading can be used as an additional tool and position yourself in the centre of a group.

Young girl raising her hand to answer a teacher in class