Important facts to keep in mind:
The child’s hearing and medical history as well as the family’s adherence to recommendations are the two biggest factors that will affect outcomes. Therefore, expectations for a child’s outcomes with the cochlear implant can vary and may change even after implantation.
In general, expectations for a child with a cochlear implant may include one or all of the following:
In a small number of cases, a child may show only limited benefit from the cochlear implant or seemingly no benefit at all. This can generally be linked to factors such as:
A variety of
school placements are possible for children with cochlear implants. To make the most of a cochlear implant, a child needs to be in a program that clearly states and supports listening and speaking goals.
All programs regardless of communication modality can emphasize listening and speaking goals. Children in auditory oral, simultaneous communication or manual communication programs can all benefit from listening therapy or auditory training.