Intervention for Children With Cochlear Implants: Maximizing Auditory Benefits of Bilateral Hearing Bilateral cochlear implantation has become the standard of care for children with bilateral profound hearing loss. To achieve optimal benefit from bilateral cochlear implants, an intensive rehabilitation program focusing on auditory skills development is necessary. There are several aspects of rehabilitative intervention that are unique when serving children with bilateral ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2009
Intervention for Children With Cochlear Implants: Maximizing Auditory Benefits of Bilateral Hearing
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  • Karen MacIver-Lux
    MacIver-Lux Auditory Learning ServicesKing City, Ontario, Canada
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2009
Intervention for Children With Cochlear Implants: Maximizing Auditory Benefits of Bilateral Hearing
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2009, Vol. 19, 85-97. doi:10.1044/hhdc19.2.85
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2009, Vol. 19, 85-97. doi:10.1044/hhdc19.2.85
Abstract

Bilateral cochlear implantation has become the standard of care for children with bilateral profound hearing loss. To achieve optimal benefit from bilateral cochlear implants, an intensive rehabilitation program focusing on auditory skills development is necessary. There are several aspects of rehabilitative intervention that are unique when serving children with bilateral cochlear implants. The following article highlights these aspects with specific focus on neuromaturation of the central auditory nervous system, effects of maturation on auditory processes, characteristics of therapy sessions for children with bilateral cochlear implants, research with children with bilateral cochlear implants and implications for therapy, and case studies describing auditory verbal therapy and auditory skills training for children with bilateral cochlear implants.

Acknowledgments
The author would like to thank Warren Estabrooks, MEd, Dip Ed Deaf, LSLS Cert. AVT®, president and chief executive officer of WE Listen International, Inc. for his guidance, mentorship, and support in editing this work.
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