ERIC Number: ED414672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Cochlear Implants. ERIC Digest #E554.
This digest uses a question-and-answer format to summarize issues in the use of cochlear implants (an array of electrodes surgically implanted into the cochlea) with deaf or hard-of-hearing children. It describes the implants and summarizes the research on the effectiveness of the devices, which indicates that the devices are most effective in cases of postlingual deafness. The population who are candidates for this technology is identified, noting that candidacy criteria are becoming broader to include some children with residual hearing. Benefits of cochlear implants are listed, such as increased capacity for spoken language acquisition, improved behavior, and increased intelligibility of speech. Possible limitations of implants are also considered and parents are provided with a list of questions to ask when considering the cochlear implant option. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adventitious Impairments, Audiology, Cochlear Implants, Deafness, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Acquisition, Outcomes of Treatment, Partial Hearing, Prostheses, Surgery, Young Children
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589; toll-free telephone: 800-328-0272.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests; Speech Intelligibility