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Cochlear Implants: Young People's Views

Posted Oct 17 2008 9:01pm

What do teenagers who received a cochlear implant when younger think about their parent's decision to go ahead with the surgery?

The National Deaf Children's Society (UK) and The Ear Foundation (UK) has produced a booklet with contains the responses of around 30 children who were between 13 and 17 years old to questions including the following:

1) How Do You Feel About Wearing the External Equipment of the Cochlear Implant?
2) What are the Advantages of Having a Cochlear Implant?
3) What are the Disadvantages of Having a Cochlear Implant?

This informal study also includes information on how the implant works, issues of using a cochlear implant at school, communication, language, identity, and deciding to have a cochlear implant.

This is another nice piece of informative material that I hope parents find as they look for information to help them decide what is best for their child.

You can visit the National Deaf Children's Society or The Ear Foundation for additional information, forums, and more.

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