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Speech Perception Results for Children Using Cochlear Implants Who Have Additional Special Needs

Dettman, S. J., Fiket, H., Dowell, R. C., Charlton, M., Williams, S. S., Tomov, A. M.

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The aim of this study is to examine the association between degree of developmental delay and speech perception outcomes for a group of young children using cochlear implants. Forty-nine children who received cochlear implants were assessed by an educational psychologist.

Results suggested that there was a significant association between cognitive development and speech perception based on the categorical scale of outcomes. There was insufficient data available from the formal speech perception test scores for children with a range of cognitive delay to enable valid statistical analysis. Some children with significant cognitive delay demonstrated speech perception benefit from the cochlear implant. This result suggests that presence of a cognitive delay should not preclude children from being considered for receiving cochlear implants. The degree of cognitive impairment should be carefully evaluated and appropriate counseling regarding expectations is essential.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : The Volta Review

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Transport and communication

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