Anticipation is building for the annual Hear ‘n’ Now Conference which will take place on Friday, October 13th, 2017. This year’s invited speakers will share important research updates related to expanded indications for cochlear implant recipients. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Rene Gifford, has published extensively on this topic. One such paper by Dr.Gifford and her colleagues is reviewed below by Matt Maciejewski of our Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC Advisory Board.
Cochlear implants have helped many children with severe to profound hearing loss. It has been unclear if other children with less severe hearing loss not benefitting from conventional amplification of their hearing from hearing aids would benefit from receiving cochlear implants. This study sought to answer this question.
Summarize What Research Found
In 51 children who were 8 years of age on average who received a cochlear implant between 2001 and 2013, Carlson and his colleagues looked at changes in speech and hearing before and after surgery. Seventeen months after surgery (on average), the authors found that speech recognition and hearing improved dramatically. This result suggests that non-traditional candidates for cochlear implants like these children benefit greatly from receiving an implant.
How/Why this Research Matters to Families
Parents may want to consider advocating cochlear implantation if their children have significant hearing loss that isn’t quite severe to profound, because cochlear implants may help them if their speech and hearing aren’t improved by hearing aids.
Registration is open and parents are invited to attend tuition-free. Please join us for this exciting day of sharing!