Children with developmental disabilities as candidates for cochlear implantation
Creators:MacMeekin Ryan, Alexandra
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Doctor of Audiology Capstone Projects. 2012
In recent years, the number of children with multiple disabilities and severe to profound hearing loss are receiving cochlear implants at an increasing rate (Kim et al. 2008). Preliminary research has established anecdotal data and small outcome case studies for this population. Although the literature has yet to evolve into conclusive findings and no standards of care for the candidacy of children with additional disabilities currently exist, the gains in clinical experience and professionals‟ confidence have led to more implant centers across the country beginning to consider and pursue this type of intervention for children with multiple disabilities. Interdisciplinary teams are an effective way to deliver services to the child and their family. These teams benefit professionals by helping them familiarize with child development and expertise of other team members in an effort to identify potential risk factors in their patients. These identifications can lead to appropriate and timely referrals to other health care providers. This Capstone advocates that with the right research and interdisciplinary teamwork, children with multiple disabilities can be appropriate candidates for cochlear implants.