How Captain Marvel helped Julie improve her listening skills

Movies can help build listening skills for people who live alone

Julie loves Captain Marvel and Apollo 13 – not only because they were blockbuster Hollywood movies, but because they played a valuable role in helping the 49-year-old learn to listen again after she received her Cochlear™ Nucleus® 7 Sound Processors.

“I’m single and live alone, but I found 90% of the retraining materials revolved around having someone else to help. I don’t have that luxury. But living alone doesn’t mean we can’t be creative,” says Julie, who came up with other “ways to train”. 

“About two weeks before my surgery, I bought an iPod that had enough memory for me to load it with digital movies, music, audio books, and any other therapy programs I could find. I refer to the iPod as my therapy device,” she says.

“In the beginning, several hours of direct streaming was key for me. The first time I watched the movie with the subtitles, but after that I tried to just listen to the movie.

“By the end of the week, I was hearing the actors’ voices in some scenes, while still hearing the ‘chipmunk’ voices in others. This showed me repetition really was key – the repetition in lines, and how they are said, really helps.”

Julie challenged herself by picking different movies and also used Angel Sounds, the interactive auditory training program, for 30 minutes each day.

Watching movies helped Julie with her rehabilitation.

After her second implant in 2020, voices sounded robotic at first, so Julie got to work.

“After a few weeks, I just did the dual-sided training, listening to any book, music or movie for multiple hours every day. I still do daily brain training that consists of direct streaming.” 

Julie still loves and continues to use direct streaming: “The TV streamer is my number one accessory. When I get home from work, I stream the news while I cook dinner in a different room.”

Make the most of your sound processor with the TV streamer and other Cochlear™ True Wireless™ Devices.  Learn more here.

For Nucleus 7 or Kanso® 2 users, control your streaming with the Nucleus Smart App, available to download from the App Store or Google Play. Learn more here.

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References

The Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor and Kanso 2 Sound Processor are compatible with Apple and Android devices. For compatibility information visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility

The Cochlear Nucleus Smart App is available on App Store and Google Play. For compatibility information visit www.cochlear.com/compatibility

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Android is a trademark of Google LLC. Google Play is a trademark of Google LLC.

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