Journal article

A MULTIPLE-ELECTRODE INTRACOCHLEAR IMPLANT FOR CHILDREN

GM CLARK, PJ BLAMEY, PA BUSBY, RC DOWELL, BKH FRANZ, GN MUSGRAVE, TG NIENHUYS, BC PYMAN, SA ROBERTS, YC TONG, RL WEBB, JA KUZMA, DK MONEY, JF PATRICK, PM SELIGMAN

ARCHIVES OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY-HEAD & NECK SURGERY | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 1987

Abstract

A multiple-electrode intracochlear implant that provides 21 stimulus channels has been designed for use in young children. It is smaller than the adult version and has magnets to facilitate the attachment of the headset. It has been implanted in two children aged 5 and 10 years. The two children both lost hearing in their third year, when they were still learning language. Following implantation, it was possible to determine threshold and comfortable listening levels for each electrode pair. This was facilitated in the younger child by prior training in scaling visual and electrotactile stimuli. Both children are regular users of the implant, and a training and assessment program has been co..

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