Specialist Cochlear Implant Counselling

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DisabilityPlus gives every person the opportunity to be supported by a Counsellor who uses a cochlear implant; this enables full cultural support. Our cochlear implant counselling team works with people who have received a CI or plan to have one. Typical issues can be fear, hesitancy and worries about changes to living culture. 

DisabilityPlus gives every person the opportunity to be supported by a Counsellor who uses a cochlear implant; this enables full cultural support. 

Our cochlear implant counselling team works with people who have received a CI or plan to have one. Typical issues can be fear, hesitancy and worries about changes to living culture. 

The team used the Spoken Word (oral) Lip Reading & Visual Gestures. Our therapy is for people who typically struggle with using a mainstream therapist. 

Live subtitle service if video sessions are selected. 

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  • Therapists who us a CI

Expertise – Our team works with people who have received a Cochlear Implant or plan to have one. Typical issues people present to us are fear, hesitancy and worries about changes to their living culture. Our team use the Spoken Word (oral) Lip Reading & Visual Gestures. Our therapy is for people who typically struggle with using a mainstream therapist. We offer a live subtitle service if video sessions are selected. 

Why Counselling? – People who have a Cochlear Implant can have mental health issues stemming from feeling they do not fit into the Deaf or Hearing world. Issues can also stem from resentment in having the operation forced upon them. Talking Therapies do not make problems disappear, but people often say life can be easier to manage.

Coaching? –  We can support people who do not require mental health support with practical advice on an upcoming operation or transition, adjustment or cultural support post-operation. Cochlear Implants do not cure hearing loss or restore hearing in some people; however, they provide an opportunity for people to hear better. Coaching is a short term program, generally up to 6 sessions, where a person can learn essential skills & manage their expectations of an upcoming operation or come to terms with the effects of the implant post-operation.

Learnt Skills – Our mental health therapists & coaches help individuals navigate life. Cochlear Implant Counselling can help people avoid potential issues with their mental health & symptoms such as panic attacks, depression & anxieties. Our coaching team will help individuals learn essential coping skills. 

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Suitability – The service is typically suitable for adults/teenagers & children aged 12 and above who require Cochlear Implant counselling or coaching service. People who would benefit from our service are individuals who have mental health problems dealing with life after the operation or need coaching who have hesitancy or fear pre-implant or complications after the procedure, including change of culture or pain management.

Contact us to find out more about our Specialist Cochlear Implant Counselling Service

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Cochlear implants can improve hearing in people with severe hearing loss who are no longer helped by using hearing aids.

Cochlear implants can improve their communication and quality of life.

Cochlear implants may be placed in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral). Adults will often have one cochlear implant and one hearing aid at first. Adults may then progress to two cochlear implants as the hearing loss advances in the hearing aid ear.

Cochlear implants are often placed in both ears at the same time in children with bilateral severe hearing loss — particularly for infants and children who are learning to speak and process language.

Adults of any age and children who are as young as 6 to 12 months old can benefit from cochlear implants.

People who have cochlear implants report improved:

  • Ability to hear speech without needing visual cues such as reading lips
  • Recognition of everyday environmental sounds
  • Ability to listen in a noisy environment
  • Ability to find where sounds are coming from
  • Ability to hear television programs, music and telephone conversations
  • Symptoms of ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in the implanted ear

To be eligible for a cochlear implant, you must have:

  • Hearing loss that interrupts spoken communication
  • Limited benefit from hearing aids as determined by specialised hearing tests
  • Motivation to participate in hearing rehabilitation and be part of the hearing world
  • Realistic expectations of what cochlear implants can and can’t do for hearing

What are the advantages of a cochlear implant?

It can be life-changing if you have a serious hearing problem. But the results aren’t the same for everyone. Some people benefit more than others. Some of the pros:

  • You may be able to hear speech at a nearly normal level.
  • You may be able to understand speech without lip reading.
  • It’s easier to talk on the phone and hear the TV.
  • You may be able to hear music better than before.
  • You can pick up on different types of sounds, including soft, medium, and loud ones.
  • You can better control your own voice so that it’s easier for others to understand you.

What are the disadvantages and risks?

Cochlear implant surgery is very safe, but any operation comes with risks. Problems can include bleeding, infections, and side effects from the medicine that sends you to sleep during the procedure.

Other possible complications include:

  • A nerve injury that changes your sense of taste
  • Nerve damage that causes weakness or paralysis in your face
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Loss of the hearing in the treated ear
  • Ringing in your ears, called tinnitus
  • Leaking of the fluid around the brain
  • The device doesn’t work or gets infected, which may mean you’ll have to remove and replace the implant.
  • Meningitis, an infection of the membranes around the brain. It’s a rare but serious complication. Children and people with abnormally formed inner ears seem to be at higher risk. The FDA and CDC recommend vaccines for anyone who gets a cochlear implant to lower their risk for the disease.

Keep some other things in mind, too:

If you have some hearing left, sound may seem “mechanical” or “synthetic,” although most people no longer notice this after several months.

If you need an MRI, you may first need a simple procedure to briefly take out the magnet in the cochlear implant. But more medical facilities can do these imaging tests without removing the magnet. There’s also a type of cochlear implant that has a magnet you don’t need to take out in order to have an MRI. 

Most of the newer cochlear implant devices are compatible with a 1.5 Tesla MRI without any special precautions or considerations. 

Some parts of the device can get damaged if they get wet.

You need to take off the speech processor before you bathe, shower, or swim.

You also can cover that part with a waterproof case or choose a waterproof cochlear implant processor.

Rarely, the implant may stop working, and you’d need surgery to fix the problem.

Quality Assured

Our Cochlear Implant Counselling Team is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (UKCP). We are bound by the ethical framework for good practice in counselling. We comply with the Data Protection Act

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For DisabilityPlus to make an NHS application for you based on your condition, we must satisfy specific criteria before making the NHS Application. 

The application for you must include one of the below disabilities or life-changing conditions.

  • Loss of Limb or Mobility
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Self-Paid Services are available if you do not qualify for an NHS application with DisabilityPlus.

Relationship Counselling

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Standard counselling services generally help couples without additional issues such as physical, sensory & injuries.  

Using a specialist service means there will be no lost time trying to explain to the therapist the problems you and your partner have with coping with the specific situation.

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We are proud to offer this specialist service.

In its most basic sense, LENS is training in self-regulation, a necessary part of optimal brain performance and function, allowing the nervous system to function more adaptively.

This result in greater relaxation, a sense of ease and improved emotional resilience. LENS neurofeedback is not diagnosis-specific. It is not a treatment for any specific condition. It is a generalised process that optimises brain function.

 

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Brain Injuries

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Our Traumatic Brain Injury Counselling Service supports people with their mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition stemming from an accident or injury. 

Our specialist therapists understand the problems a brain injury can have on a person’s mental & emotional health.

Concussion

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Counselling for Concussions can help you avoid potential mental health issues such as panic attacks, depression, anxieties, substance abuse &, in extreme cases, self-harm & suicidal thoughts.

Your counsellor is trained to support people with mild to moderate brain injuries.

Autistic Spectrum

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The counsellor who supports you has expert knowledge & lived experiences of Autism.

Our treatment plans focus on how the varying degrees of Autism has affected your mental and emotional health.

Epilepsy

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Epilepsy.

Specialist Epilepsy Counselling provides an essential place after taking the step to decide you want to speak with a counsellor; you must find someone that ‘fits’ you and your personality for the best possible outcome.

Dyslexia & Auditory Processing

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A counsellor with Dyslexia will support you with expert counselling.

Dyslexia & Auditory Processing may not be a mental illness, but its results can trigger mental illness. 

Spinal Cord Injury

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has spinal cord injuries.

Our Spinal Cord Injury Counselling Service supports you with your mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition stemming from the spinal cord injury. 

Amputees

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Your therapist has an amputation or is a specialist which creates cultural understanding from the first session.

Using a specialist service who understand the problems of losing a limb first-hand could be the first step to your mental & emotional health recovery. 

Brittle Bones Counselling

You will be supported by a counsellor who has OI or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

Specialist Counselling can help you regain wellbeing and balance in your life.

Multiple Sclerosis

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Multiple Sclerosis or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

MS Counselling gives you time and space to work through your problems. Therapy helps you gain a different perspective on problems and issues. 

Therapy provides a safe, non-judgemental and respectful environment. Counselling can help you regain well-being and balance in your life.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Counselling

You will be supported by a counsellor who has Cerebral Palsy or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

Counselling gives you time and space to work through your problems. 

Therapy helps you gain a different perspective on problems and issues. 

Muscular Dystrophy

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You will be supported by a counsellor who is disabled with a similar disability. 

Professional therapists who understand the complexity of muscular dystrophy.

Our treatment plans focus on how the varying degrees of Muscular Dystrophy has affected your mental and emotional health.

Arthritis Counselling

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has years of experience supporting people with Chronic Arthritis or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

Chronic Pain

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You will be supported by a counsellor who lives with chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Counselling & Psychotherapy delivers quality therapy for people who have issues caused by severe pain. 

Gradually Reducing or Sudden Acquired Hearing Loss

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Your therapist will have hearing loss with the lived experience of discrimination and frustration.

Therapy for people with differing levels of Hearing Loss, including Suddenly Acquired Deafness through a Medical Issue, age or Accident.

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BSL/Oral Counselling

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Your counsellor will be profoundly deaf, which creates cultural understanding from the first session.

Our deaf mental health counselling service addresses the core need for cultural understanding with a counsellor that understands the feelings of discrimination & lack of knowledge.

This service is for BSL & Oral Profoundly Deaf People 

Cochlear Implant Support

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has a cochlear implant

Our team use Spoken Word (oral), Lip Reading & Visual Gestures. 

We offer a live subtitle service if video sessions are selected. 

NHS Funding Facts

For DisabilityPlus to make an NHS application for you based on your condition, we must satisfy specific criteria before making the NHS Application. 

The application for you must include one of the below disabilities or life-changing conditions.

  • Loss of Limb or Mobility
  • Long Term Medical or Physical Condition
  • Brain Injury or Concussion
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Sight or Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus or Vestibular 
  • Epilepsy
  • Grief 
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Self-Paid Services are available if you do not qualify for an NHS application with DisabilityPlus.

NHS England Applications

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SIGNHEALTH the Deaf charity is now delivering all NHS BSL Counselling Sessions. 

If you would still like to use our service there are Self-Pay options. 

Click the NHS Application button below to be directed to the Self-Referral form of SIGNHEALTH

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£ 85 Per Session
  • 3 Session Saver (paid in advance) £240 = £70
  • Each Session is 50 Minutes Duration
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Vestibular Disorders

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Your counsellor who will support you has Vestibular Disorders and therefore can help you with expert knowledge and lived experiences.

Our team can help with qualified specialist mental health therapists who specialise in supporting people who have Vestibular Issues.

Tinnitus

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Your counsellor who will support you has Tinnitus and therefore can help you with expert knowledge and lived experiences.

Our team can help with qualified specialist mental health therapists who specialise in supporting people who have Tinnitus and Balance Issues.

Personal injuries

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The Personal Injury Team is hand-selected based on their expertise in supporting people post-injury.

We support you with emotional & mental health support following a significant personal injury.

Road Traffic Accidents

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RTA Mental Health Specialists support you when you are injured and may present additional issues such as physical, sensory or neurological problems.
Counselling can help you prevent possible longer-lasting symptoms.
 

Sight Loss Counselling

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Sight Loss Counselling can help you manage the impact of becoming blind or vision impaired with dignity and self-respect. 
 
We have blind & vision impaired therapists; this creates a robust platform for the counselling to be successful from the outset.
 

Assistance Dog Counselling

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The counsellor who supports you has been through the retirement and bereavement from previous assistance dogs. We can offer you a safe, empathic and authentic service where your emotions can be fully explored and accepted

Assistance Dogs

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Our assistance dog counselling service can help you get the support you deserve. Your counsellor will have an assistance dog and has lived through the feelings and emotions of loss and grief.

CODA Counselling

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You will be supported by a counsellor who is CODA. 

Our CODA Counselling Service (children or now adults) supports you with your mental & emotional health.

Our specialist therapists understand the problems a cross-culture can have on your mental & emotional health.

About us

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The core principle of the DisabilityPlus Counselling Services is cultural understanding for each person.
DisabilityPlus offers access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited Counsellors & Psychotherapists. 
The counselling team are hand-selected for each disability & injury.
We are passionate and compassionate professionals, driven by the mission of helping more people live a better and happier life every day.  
Our support is for individuals, carers & family members. 
You can start sessions by self-paying for an immediate start; we take professional organisation referrals & can apply for NHS funding for you.

Body Dysmorphia

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You will be supported by a counsellor who understands the complexity of living with body dysmorphia. 

Our therapists specialise in mental & emotional health-supporting your negative body image & perceptions. 

Chronic Fatigue (CFS)

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Chronic Fatigue . Our specialist therapists can help you come to terms with living with CFS/ME & work through the mental health issues it creates. 

Our therapy service can increase your daily living standards

Fibromyalgia Counselling

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Fibromyalgia.  

We offer psychological support with one of our specialist qualified counsellors who support people who are affected by FMS symptoms.

Personality Disorders

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Our Specialist Therapy helps you move towards positive emotional responses. The key to our service is to achieve better mood control & health wellbeing.