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Word Learning Better for Children Who Receive Cochlear Implants by 13 Months

Posted Mar 14 2010 12:00am

Interesting article just published in Science Daily titled Word learning better for children who receive a Cochlear Implant by 13 months of age

"Dr. Houston said the research showed that deaf children's word-learning skill was strongly affected by their early auditory experience, whether that experience was through normal means or with a cochlear implant. Children who received the implant by the age of 13 months performed similarly to their normal-hearing counterparts while children who received a cochlear implant later performed, on average, more poorly than their normal-hearing peers."

We spoke with Dr Houston before Lily's surgery, when trying to understand the importance of early implantation and how early to push for a surgery date.  We are very glad we did.

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