Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implant: the family’s perspective (2018)

  • This article is having a child with a cochlear implant affects the family, including what was difficult, what else they would want to know, and how the cochlear implant helped their child.
  • The study found...parents don’t always get all the information and support they need, but over time they learn more and are thankful that their child has a cochlear implant.
  • This is important will help families that are new to learning about cochlear implants know the experiences of some parents.
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Inconsistent device use in pediatric cochlear implant users: Prevalence and risk factors (2018)

  • This article is many hours per day children use their cochlear implants.
  • The study found...half of the children wore their cochlear implants less than full time. When this happened, the children were younger, had additional disabilities, lower maternal education, were on Medicaid, or they had a smaller dynamic range in the cochlear implant map.
  • This is important because...children need to wear their cochlear implants eight hours or more per day. Checking data logging can help audiologists recognize when there is a problem. Providing parents with resources and support can help them work through challenges.
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Considerations for pediatric cochlear implant recipients with unilateral or asymmetric hearing loss: Assessment, device fitting, and habilitation (2017)

  • This article talks about...children who have a significant hearing loss in just one ear and use a cochlear implant.
  • This study found...children did well with the implant when they had structured therapy that focused on hearing with the implanted ear, and when parents provided regular practice at home.
  • This is important because...children with hearing loss in one ear or have one ear with a more significant hearing loss, have the potential to get useful information from a cochlear implant.
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Early Postimplant Speech Perception and Language Skills Predict Long-Term Language and Neurocognitive Outcomes Following Pediatric Cochlear Implantation (2017)

  • This article talks about...looking at speech and children’s language skills soon after they are implanted to see what to expect about their later language development.
  • This study found...that speech and language skills measured as early as 6 months after implantation predicted later development. Growth in skills from 6 to 18 months after implantation predicted later language and verbal working memory.
  • This is important because...measuring children’s speech and language skills early can help identify children at risk for poorer outcomes. The first 18 months after implantation is important for speech and language development.
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Early Sign Language Exposure and Cochlear Implantation Benefits (2017)

  • This article talks early sign language exposure affects spoken language outcomes for children who have cochlear implants.
  • This study found...children who were not exposed to sign language did better on spoken language and reading measures.
  • This is important because...parents of children with cochlear implants need to make decisions about using sign language to support spoken language development. The findings provide evidence-based information for parents.
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Parent Perceptions of their Child’s Communication and Academic Experience with Cochlear Implants (2016)

  • This article talks about...parents' views of how their children are communicating and doing in school with their cochlear implants.
  • This study found...most children communicated using spoken language. Parents thought their children were doing as well as or better than other children of the same age in school. Parents said it was important to have an audiologist skilled in working with cochlear implants.
  • This is important because...parents are key to the intervention process, and their views provide essential insights.
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Oral Communicating Children Using a Cochlear Implant: Good Reading Outcomes are Linked to Better Language and Phonological Processing Abilities (2013)

  • This article talks about...children who use cochlear implants to listen and talk, and what can affect learning how to read.
  • This study found...children who had good language scores and could put speech sounds together were better at reading words. Children who had good language scores and could read words could understand what they read.
  • This is important because...children can do better in school when they are good at reading.
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Influence of Implantation Age on School-age Language Performance in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Users (2013)

  • This article talks children who have cochlear implants do on language tests. Language tests were repeated over time, and children who were implanted early were compared to children who were implanted later.
  • This study found...scores were better for children implanted before 2 ½ years old. Children implanted later were more likely to have continued language delays.
  • This is important because...implanting at a younger age can impact the language development of a child over time.
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Children with Hearing Impairment–Living with Cochlear Implants or Hearing Aids (2011)

  • This article talks about...daily hearing device use and attitude of children about their hearing loss.
  • This study found...children with cochlear implants use their devices more than children with hearing aids. Children with hearing aids and implants did not find their hearing loss to be a problem in peer groups.
  • This is important because...device use is crucial for language development. Parents and caregivers need to help children address problems with use.
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Educational Factors Contributing to Cochlear Implant Benefit in Children (2003)

  • This article talks education can affect outcomes for children who use cochlear implants.
  • This study found...several factors can affect how well children do. Children in auditory and speech educational environments have better outcomes.
  • This is important because...understanding the factors that can lead to your child’s success can help your family decide what your child needs to be successful with their implants.
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A Comparative Study of Psychosocial Development in Children who Receive Cochlear Implants (2013)

  • This article talks about...the benefits and problems impacting quality of life reported by pediatric cochlear implant users.
  • This study found...pediatric cochlear implant users reported significant benefit in speech understanding, making new friends, and speech production. It also found that pediatric users find care of the device to be burdensome and loud sounds to be problematic.
  • This is important because...understanding how pediatric cochlear implant recipients feel about their quality of life with their cochlear implant can help clinicians support issues and improve outcomes for children.
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