Answer added to:1 Here's how I've described the topic Cochlear Implant Outcomes research. Any comments or suggestions?This is a very important definition, Derek. The population of cochlear implant users - whether infant, child, or adult - is immensely variable. We kno... [more]This is a very important definition, Derek. The population of cochlear implant users - whether infant, child, or adult - is immensely variable. We know that age at CI, duration of CI experience, shorter duration of hearing loss, communication mode, and presence/absence of additional special needs affect results. Nonverbal intelligence also influences outcomes. I wonder if we need to include factors outside of demographics to capture fully the range of variability? Ann Geers and colleagues have shown that experience with contemporary technology is hugely important, which may mean that aspects of the incoming signal from the CI device may play a role in performance of individuals using a CI.Following
About Cochlear Implant Outcomes
The study of how cochlear implantation affects deaf individuals' audiological, linguistic, cognitive, educational, vocational, and psychosocial outcomes as well as their quality of life. It also includes investigating factors that can influence cochlear implant outcomes, such as age at cochlear implantation, amount of pre-implant hearing loss, cognitive abilities, family environment, etiology, and speech-language therapy.