Contemporary Considerations for Cochlear Implantation for Children With Multiple Disabilities Due to advances in cochlear implant technology and the remarkable outcomes often achieved by persons with severe to profound hearing loss, cochlear implant candidacy criteria has expanded since the first children were implanted almost twenty years ago. Evidence of this can be seen in the increased willingness to provide cochlear ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2009
Contemporary Considerations for Cochlear Implantation for Children With Multiple Disabilities
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  • Susan Waltzman
    New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2009
Contemporary Considerations for Cochlear Implantation for Children With Multiple Disabilities
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2009, Vol. 19, 69-74. doi:10.1044/hhdc19.2.69
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2009, Vol. 19, 69-74. doi:10.1044/hhdc19.2.69
Abstract

Due to advances in cochlear implant technology and the remarkable outcomes often achieved by persons with severe to profound hearing loss, cochlear implant candidacy criteria has expanded since the first children were implanted almost twenty years ago. Evidence of this can be seen in the increased willingness to provide cochlear implants for children with multiple disabilities. Over the last decade, several reports have appeared in the peer-reviewed literature describing cochlear implant outcomes of children with multiple disabilities. This paper will summarize those reports, discuss realistic expectations of implantation for children with multiple disabilities, and describe contemporary management protocols for the otologic, audiologic, and rehabilitative management of children with multiple disabilities.

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