Cochlear implants for congenitally deaf adolescents: is open-set speech perception a realistic expectation?
AuthorSarant, J. Z.; Cowan, R. S. C.; Blamey, P. J.; Galvin, K. L.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleEar and Hearing
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme; Sarant, Julia; Blamey, Peter; Cowan, Robert; Galvin, Karyn
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSarant, J. Z., Cowan, R. S. C., Blamey, P. J., Galvin, K. L., & Clark, G. M. (1994). Cochlear implants for congenitally deaf adolescents: is open-set speech perception a realistic expectation?. Ear and Hearing, 15(5), 400-403.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher’s version of an article published in Ear and Hearing 1994. This version is reproduced with permission of Lippincott Wilkins & Williams.
The prognosis for benefit from use of cochlear implants in congenitally deaf adolescents, who have a long duration of profound deafness prior to implantation, has typically been low. Speech perception results for two congenitally deaf patients implanted as adolescents at the University of Melbourne/Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Clinic show that, after 12 months of experience, both patients had significant open-set speech discrimination scores without lipreading. These results suggest that although benefits may in general be low for congenitally deaf adolescents, individuals may attain significant benefits to speech perception after a short period of experience. Prospective patients from this group should therefore be considered on an individual basis with regard to prognosis for benefit from cochlear implantation.
Keywordscochlear implants; deafness; adolescents; speech perception; speech discrimination
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