Ear Hear 2021 Jan 6. Epub 2021 Jan 6.
1Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing, School of Behavioral and Brain Science, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, USA 2Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Objectives: Children with significant hearing loss can gain access to sound via a cochlear implant (CI), but they must wear the device to reap the communication benefits of the device. That is, poor daily device use may result in underdeveloped perceptual and language skills in children and adolescents using CIs. This retrospective study focuses on the relationship between daily CI use and communication performance (auditory skills, speech recognition, expressive and receptive language) in young children, with the hypothesis that greater daily device use coincides with better communication outcomes. Read More