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ERIC Number: EJ766780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
Cochlear Implants: The Young People's Perspective
Wheeler, Alexandra; Archbold, Sue; Gregory, Susan; Skipp, Amy
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v12 n3 p303-316 2007
Cochlear implantation is a relatively new procedure, which has already had significant impact on the lives of many profoundly deaf children and adults, in providing useful hearing to those unable to benefit significantly from hearing aids. After 16 years of cochlear implantation in the United Kingdom, there is now a body of evidence covering a range of outcomes, much of which covers perceptual and linguistic outcomes. This study looks at the impact of cochlear implantation on a group of 29 young people aged 13-16 years, using a semistructured questionnaire. It examines issues from the perspective of the young people themselves, including their understanding of and degree of satisfaction with the way their implant works for them, their social and communication abilities and choices, their educational challenges, and their identity. It concludes that the young people in this group feel positive toward their cochlear implants and the decisions made on their behalf by parents. Many have a flexible attitude to communication modes and an identity which is not fixed in terms of conventional descriptors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom