Study: Kids Do Well With Two Cochlear Implants
[Source: Science Daily]
Deaf children who already had one cochlear implant had improvements in speech, hearing and related quality of life measures after a second was implanted in the other ear, researchers from the Netherlands reported this week.
And the degree of improvement didn’t depend on how old kids were when they got their second implant, according to the study, published in the Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
An improved quality of life after a second implant “is not surprising,” said Betty Loy, who studies deafness and cochlear implants at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
“I definitely would expect that to improve over time as the brain adjusts to that second implant. You’re going to get better and better and better at doing all the things that bilateral hearing allows you to do,” added Loy, who was not involved in the new study.
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