Issues in long-term management of children with cochlear implants and tactile devices [Abstract]
AuthorCOWAN, ROBERT; DOWELL, RICHARD; Barker, Elizabeth; GALVIN, KARYN; DETTMAN, SHANI; SARANT, JULIA; RANCE, GARY; Hollow, Rod; BLAMEY, PETER; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleAustralian Journal of Audiology
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme; Cowan, Robert; BARKER, ELIZABETH; HOLLOW, RODNEY; Dowell, Richard; Dettman, Shani; Galvin, Karyn; Sarant, Julia; Rance, Gary; Blamey, Peter
Document TypeJournal Item
CitationsCowan, R., Dowell, R., Barker, E., Galvin, K., Dettman, S., Sarant, J., et al. (1994). Issues in long-term management of children with cochlear implants and tactile devices [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Audiology, 15(suppl.2), 30.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher’s version of an article published in Australian Journal of Audiology 1994. This version is reproduced with permission from the publisher, Australian Academic Press. http://www.australianacademicpress.com.au/
For many children with severe and profound hearing losses, conventional hearing aids are unable to provide sufficient amplification to ensure good oral communication and/or in the case of very young children, development of speech and language. Traditionally a number of these children have opted for the use of sign language alone or in Total Communication approaches as a primary means of communication. The advent of multiple channel cochlear implants for children and the continuing development of multiple channel speech processing tactile devices provide auditory approaches to resolving communication difficulties for these children. The successful use of such devices depends on a number of factors including the information provided through the aid; the ease of use, convenience and reliability of the aid; the individual communication needs of the child; and the habilitation and management program used with the device. Long-term data has shown that children continue to show increased speech perception benefits from improvements in speech processing and from further experience with these devices. Habilitation and management programs must therefore be geared to meet the changing needs of children as they progress and of families as children mature and face new challenges. Habilitation must address specific individual needs in speech perception and in speech production. For very young children, benefits of improved speech perception should have an impact on the development of speech and language, and habilitation and management must emphasise the need for language growth.
Keywordsaudiology; children; cochlear implants; tactile devices; deafness; speech perception; speech processing
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