Cochlear Implants Advantages

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Cochlear implants have been proven to develop spoken language, as reported in May 1998 to the Advisory Council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "It has now been demonstrated that the long-term benefits of cochlear implants in children are not limited to speech recognition but extend into dramatically improved language learning and language skills." (Tucker, Bonnie Poitras. 1998) In a recent survey, parents of 176 implanted children perceived: 44 percent of the children had greater than 70 percent open speech discrimination (using sound alone with no visual clues), 61 percent of the children had greater than 50 percent open speech discrimination, and 84 percent of the children had greater than 40 percent…show more content…
First, Data was collected regarding the type of hearing loss, age at implantation, age at hearing aid fitting, audiometric details, and preoperative and postoperative communication mode. Thereafter, the analysis by Richard C. Dowell, Elizabeth Winton, Shani J. Dettman suggested that 3 factors have a significant predictive value for speech perception after implantation: preoperative open-set sentence score, duration of profound hearing loss, and equivalent language age. These 3 factors accounted for 66% of the variance in this group. Consequently, the results of this study suggest that children who have useful speech perception before implantation, and higher age-equivalent scores on language measures, would be expected to do well with a cochlear implant and develop spoken language. (Dowell 1-18) In like manner, A third study was done by Donoghue, and Gerard M. (pg. 466) the study was conducted on children who were born deaf or who lost their hearing in the first 3 years of life. Only children who were aged less than 7 years at the time of implantation were entered in the study. All 40 children met the study criteria and were followed for 5 years. Each child…show more content…
Our Cognitive ability is how we process information and how we use this information in our mind, cochlear implants help improve cognitive ability by providing sounds and using information processing. Information processing is used to develop speech perception, which in turn allows a deaf person with a cochlear implant develop spoken language that initiates cognitive ability or how we think about and do things. “Mosnier et al and colleagues initiated a study on the relationship between cognitive function and hearing restoration through cochlear implants in elderly patients, the study was performed between 2006 and 2009 and included 94 patients between 65 and 85 years of age. Each participant was evaluated pre-operation, and 6 and 12 months’ post-operation. Six tests were used to assess cognitive function including the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) and many others” (Mosnier I, Bebear J) However, at one year post-operation, 30 of 37 patients demonstrated improved global cognitive function. In the remaining 7 of 37 patients, their cognitive performance remained stable. Mosnier I and Bebear J, noted that, “the average score across the board were taken just 6 months’ post activation” the two concluded that hearing rehabilitation through cochlear implantation in this population, “results in improvements in speech perception

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