Cochlear implantation in deaf children with associated disabilities: Challenges and outcomes

Stefano Berrettini, Francesca Forli, Elisabetta Genovese, Rosamaria Santarelli, Edoardo Arslan, Anna Maria Chilosi, Paola Cipriani

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Abstract

The issue of cochlear implantation in deaf children with associated disabilities is an emerging subject. Currently, there is no consensus on whether to implant children with multiple impairments; moreover, it may be difficult to evaluate these children with standard tests pre- or post-implantation. In addition, these children often have poor speech perception and language skills, making assessment more difficult. Despite these factors, these children often receive important benefits in daily life, with an overall improvement in quality of life. In the present study, post-implant outcomes of 23 profoundly deaf children with neuropsychiatric disorders were analysed, using objective measures of speech perception, and a questionnaire administered to the parents, aimed at evaluating the benefits in daily life after implantation. The results were quite variable, but overall positive, in terms of speech perception, communication abilities, and improvement in quality of life. The findings add an additional piece of evidence to support the effectiveness of cochlear implantation in these special cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Cochlear implant
  • Multiply impaired deaf children
  • Qualitative benefits
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire
  • Sensorineural hearing loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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