Journal article

Speech perception in children using cochlear implants: prediction of long-term outcomes.

Richard C Dowell, Shani J Dettman, Peter J Blamey, Elizabeth J Barker, Graeme M Clark

Cochlear Implants Int | Published : 2002


A group of 102 children using the Nucleus multichannel cochlear implant were assessed for open-set speech perception abilities at six-monthly intervals following implant surgery. The group included a wide range of ages, types of hearing loss, ages at onset of hearing loss, experience with implant use and communication modes. Multivariate analysis indicated that a shorter duration of profound hearing loss, later onset of profound hearing loss, exclusively oral/aural communication and greater experience with the implant were associated with better open-set speech perception. Developmental delay was associated with poorer speech perception and the SPEAK signal coding scheme was shown to provide..

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