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The age at which young deaf children receive cochlear implants and their vocabulary and speech-production growth: is there an added value for early implantation?

Authors
  • Connor, Carol McDonald
  • Craig, Holly K
  • Raudenbush, Stephen W
  • Heavner, Krista
  • Zwolan, Teresa A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Ear and Hearing
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2006
Volume
27
Issue
6
Pages
628–644
Identifiers
PMID: 17086075
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There seems to be a substantial benefit for both speech and vocabulary outcomes when children receive their implant before the age of 2.5 yr. This benefit may combine a burst of growth after implantation with the impact of increased length of use at any given age. The added advantage (i.e., burst of growth) diminishes systematically with increasing age at implantation.

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