A clinical report on vocabulary skills in cochlear implant users [Abstract]
AuthorDawson, P.; Blamey, P.; Dettman, S.; Rowland, L.; Barker, E.; Cowan, R.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleAustralian Journal of Audiology
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme; BARKER, ELIZABETH; Dettman, Shani; Blamey, Peter; Cowan, Robert
Document TypeJournal Item
CitationsDawson, P., Blamey, P., Dettman, S., Rowland, L., Barker, E., Cowan, R., et al. (1994). A clinical report on vocabulary skills in cochlear implant users [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Audiology, 15(suppl.2), 40.
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/
Receptive vocabulary results are reported for 32 children, adolescents and prelinguistically deafened adults implanted with the 22-electrode cochlear implant at the Melbourne Cochlear Implant Clinic. Age at implantation ranged from 2 years, 6 months to 20 years and implant use ranged from 1 year to 7 years, 8 months. There were significant gains from pre- to postoperative assessments on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) for the majority of subjects. Rates of improvement found are compatible with previous reports on smaller numbers of implant users, but cannot be attributable unambiguously to use of the implant. The group postoperative performance was significantly higher than mean preoperative performance (n =25). The relationship of variables such as duration of implant use, duration of profound deafness and speech perception ability to improvement on the PPVT is discussed. Expressive vocabulary results on the Renfrew Word Finding Vocabulary Scale are reported for 11 of the subjects. Less substantial gains were made on this measure.
Keywordsvocabulary skills; cochlear implant; audiology; Australian Bionic Ear and Hearing Research Institute; deafness; Melbourne Cochlear Implant Clinic; speech perception
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