Pros and Cons of Cochlear Implants

​​​​​​​​​​​​Cochlear implant pros and cons are important to consider while weighing hearing amplification options for your child.

​Pros

Hearing improvement: Cochlear implants can improve hearing and speech perception for your child. People with cochlear implants may still use lip reading and sign language to enhance speech perception and communication.

Speech Development: Cochlear implants help improve the clarity of the child's speech and future development of listening and spoken language skills. Parents can take several steps to maximize outcomes for children with cochlear implants.

Future learning and career opportunities: Children with cochlear implants can hear better in the classroom, usually with the help of assistive technology. CI's may also benefit children as they age and open doors to new career opportunities.

Safety: One of the most notable benefits of a cochlear implant is the ability to hear potential dangers or alerts such as sirens and other important sounds.

Cons

Surgery:  As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and limitations associated with cochlear implant surgery.

Cost: Many insurance companies will cover or assist with the cost of a cochlear implant. If you do not have insurance, or if your plan does not cover the procedure, it may be cost prohibitive.

Background noise: Children will still need support hearing and communication in background noise. Assistive devices can help hearing in places with lots of background noise (classroom, car, zoo, etc)

Maintenance: Cochlear implants require ongoing support and maintenance. This can include battery changes, wiring fixes or re-mapping of the device.

Outcomes and hearing levels differ for everyone: The benefit of a cochlear implant is not immediate and each child will have varied performance. Early intervention programs help improve the outcomes for children with cochlear implant devices.

Childhood Activities: Children with cochlear implants can participate in all common childhood activities. Precautions are recommended to protect the device from damage, such as wearing a helmet while bicycling, or removing the device while swimming.​

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