Multichannel cochlear implantation in children: a summary of current work at The University of Melbourne
AuthorDowell, Richard C.; Dawson, Pam W.; Dettman, Shani J.; Shepherd, Robert K.; Whitford, Lesley A.; Seligman, Peter M.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleAmerican Journal of Otology
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme; Shepherd, Robert; Dowell, Richard; Seligman, Peter; Dettman, Shani
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsDowell, R. C., Dawson, P. W., Dettman, S. J., Shepherd, R. K., Whitford, L. A., Seligman, P. M., et al. (1991). Multichannel cochlear implantation in children: a summary of current work at The University of Melbourne. American Journal of Otology, 12(suppl.), 137-143.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher’s version of an article published in American Journal of Otology 1991. This version is reproduced with permission of Lippincott Wilkins & Williams.
This paper summarizes research work relating to multichannel cochlear implantation in children at the University of Melbourne. Ongoing safety studies relating to the implantation of young children are discussed. Results of these studies suggest that special design considerations are necessary for a prosthesis to be implanted in children under the age of 2 years. Results of clinical assessment of implanted children and adolescents are also discussed in terms of speech perception, speech production, and language development, and some possible predictive factors are suggested. Preliminary data suggests that a high proportion of young children can achieve open-set speech perception with the cochlear implant given appropriate training and support. Initial results with adults using new speech processing hardware and a new coding scheme are also presented. These suggest that improved speech perception in quiet and competing noise is possible with the new system.
Keywordsotolaryngology; cochlear implants; speech perception; speech development; language development
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