A cochlear implant is a type of hearing device that is surgically implanted in the ear to help individuals with severe hearing loss. While it can greatly improve the quality of life for those who use it, adjusting to life with a CI can also be a challenging experience. Here are some tips on how to look after your mental health after having a cochlear implant:

Give yourself time to adjust
Adjusting to a cochlear implant can be a gradual process, and it's important to give yourself time to adapt. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't notice immediate improvements in your hearing or if you experience some discomfort or frustration at first. It's normal to feel overwhelmed or anxious during the adjustment period.

Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques
Mindfulness and relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. Take time each day to practice these techniques to help you feel more grounded and centered.

Seek out support from others
Joining one of our support groups for adults with cochlear implants here, seeking support from the Hearing Therapy Services or speaking to a mental health professional  can be helpful in coping with the emotional challenges that come with adjusting to life with a CI. It's important to have a support system of people who understand what you're going through and can offer encouragement and advice.

Take care of your physical health
Physical exercise, a balanced diet, and getting enough sleep are all important factors in maintaining good mental health. Make sure you are taking care of your body as well as your mind.

Keep a positive outlook
While adjusting to life with a cochlear implant can be challenging, it's important to keep a positive outlook. Remember why you chose to get the implant in the first place and focus on the improvements it has brought to your life. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem.

Stay connected with loved ones
It's important to stay connected with loved ones, both for emotional support and to practice using your cochlear implant in different social situations. Try to stay engaged in social activities and don't be afraid to ask for help or accommodations when needed.

Be patient with yourself
Adapting to life with your CI can be a long process, and it's important to be patient with yourself. Celebrate your successes and don't be too hard on yourself when things don't go as smoothly as you hoped. Remember that every person's journey with a cochlear implant is unique and there is no "right" way.