CI 2013 Symposium/October 24–26, 2013 Proceedings of the First Annual Symposium of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance
Cochlear Implants International
Research on the effect of age on outcomes has helped drive a lowering of the age at which children are receiving cochlear implants. Evolving clinical practices have allowed surgeons to minimize surgical challenges and risks for children who receive an implant when they are less than 12 months of age while improvements in objective and behavioral audiological procedures have resulted in an improved ability to evaluate candidacy and map the speech processors of very young patients.
... gical research has provided additional support regarding the benefits of early implantation. We also know that children who receive an implant early require appropriate parentcentered therapy to facilitate language development. This section will review research on the effects of early implantation on children's language, behavioral and social development. Research will be shared that compares word-learning skills in children implanted between 6 and 12 months of age with those of children implanted between the ages of 12 and 18 months. The key role of early intervention services in providing information and support to allow early implantation will be discussed. Recent research of relevance and key findings Recent research findings on hearing preservation and combined electric acoustic stimulation can be summarized as follows: CI