Cerebral lateralization for language in deaf children with cochlear implantation

Anna Maria Chilosi, Alessandro Comparini, Paola Cristofani, Marco Turi, Stefano Berrettini, Francesca Forli, Giovanni Orlandi, Alberto Chiti, Nicola Giannini, Paola Cipriani, Giovanni Cioni

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Functional Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (fTCD) was used to investigate the effects of early acoustic deprivation and subsequent reafferentation on cerebral dominance for language in deaf children provided with Cochlear Implantation (CI). Twenty children with CI (13 in right ear and 7 in left ear) and 20 controls matched for age, sex and handedness were administered a fTCD animation description task. Left hemisphere dominance for language with comparable mean Laterality Indexes (LIs) was found in children with CI and controls; right-ear implanted subjects showed cerebral activation controlateral to implanted ear more frequently than left-ear implanted ones. Linguistic proficiency of CI recipients was below age expectation in comparison to controls; language scores did not significantly differ between children with left and right LI, whereas both age and side of implantation were significantly related to language outcome. Theoretical implication and potential clinical application of fTCD in CI management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Cerebral language lateralization
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Deaf children
  • Functional transcranial Doppler ultrasonography
  • Language outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Medicine(all)


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