Title: Functional outcome of sequential bilateral cochlear implantation in young children: 36 months postoperative results
Authors: Scherf, Fanny ×
Van Deun, Lieselot
Van Wieringen, Astrid
Wouters, Jan
Desloovere, Christian
Dhooge, Ingeborg
Offeciers, Erwin
Deggouj, Naïma
De Raeve, Leo
De Bodt, Marc
Van de Heyning, Paul #
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier/North Holland Biomedical Press
Series Title: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology vol:73 issue:5 pages:723-730
Abstract: Objective: To examine the effects of sequential bilateral cochlear implantation (CI) on the life of young children after 36 months of bilateral implant use.
Method: Thirty-five children were assessed prior to and 3 until 36 months after activation of the second CI. Main outcome measures were: the Categories of Auditory performance (CAP), Speech Intelligibility Rating (SIR), communication mode, classroom placement, parent reports and the Würzburg questionnaire. Results were analysed separately for children younger and older than 6 years at the time of the second implantation.
Results: At the 3-year test interval, 80% of the younger children attended mainstream schools and were comprehensible for all listeners. They all used oral communication and almost 70% of them could have a conversation over the telephone. After 3 years of bilateral implant use less than 50% of the older children obtained the highest score on the SIR and CAP. Approximately 70% of them was integrated in mainstream schools and used oral communication. All parents reported a more natural communication and an improved quality of life.
Conclusions: Sequential bilateral implantation seems to offer a wide range of participation benefits to all children and facilitates the social intercourse with their hearing environment.
ISSN: 0165-5876
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Experimental Oto-rhino-laryngology
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