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Cochlear Implants for Kids
When a child is diagnosed with a significant hearing loss, it is important that the family and care team act quickly. Early intervention, including implantation when appropriate, is important for maximizing hearing as well as speech and language development. In an older child who has experienced hearing loss, it is important to restore sound as quickly as possible to maximize their benefit from the cochlear implant. With hearing restored, they’re able to interact with their environment and learn with all their senses.
A successful outcome for children receiving a cochlear implant can vary based on a number of factors, including:
- Previous auditory experience
- Age at implantation
- Length of deafness
- Presence of other disabilities
- Consistent cochlear implant use
- Maintaining functioning equipment
- Regular assessment and programming by the audiologist
- Teaching approaches emphasizing auditory learning
- Appropriate rehabilitation services
Rehabilitation for Children
Rehabilitation provides the maximum potential for children who receive cochlear implants. Rehabilitation encourages learning to identify and associate meaning with unfamiliar sounds, thereby allowing spoken language skills to develop.
Children with cochlear implants are more likely to gain sophisticated communication skills when families and professionals work together. The Listening Center works in partnership with parents, teachers, therapists, and physicians to ensure continuity of the training offered at the center into the daily life of the child with a cochlear implant.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cochlear Implants
What does an implant sound like? Can I sleep with an implant on? How much hair will be shaved off during surgery?
Family Receives the Gift of Hearing
The Huegels have come to know Howard Francis, M.D., quite well over the previous eight years. Tracy and Josh both carry a recessive genetic mutation of the connexin 26 gene, and each of their children were born with a 25 percent chance of being deaf. However, four of the five Heugel children were either born deaf or became deaf at an early age.
10 Tips for Caregivers
Learn how you can help a cochlear implant recipient achieve the best result possible.