Bilateral Cochlear Implants For Children: Does A Second Implant Improve Language, Psychosocial And Other Outcomes?

Grant number: LP0989391 | Funding period: 2009 - 2015

Completed

Abstract

Severe-profound congenital hearing loss engenders significant costs to society. In 2005, specialised education cost -- on average $25,000 per child, loss of productivity cost -- $6.7 billion, and social security benefits were paid to approximately 129,000 individuals who were unemployed due to hearing loss. If bilateral cochlear implantation results in improved language, social development, and academic outcomes, the community benefits arising will be greatly improved quality of life for these individuals and significant savings to society. In partnership with Cochlear Ltd, this study will provide some of the first data worldwide comparing the effects of an additional implant on lang..

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