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Achieving best outcomes

The extent to which a child will use the auditory information provided by a cochlear implant to develop spoken language skills is affected by factors the child brings to the learning environment, characteristics of the child’s intervention program and characteristics of the home environment that may affect the child’s learning. There is no magic formula that will result in the best outcome for an individual child. Numerous studies have attempted to identify the factors that affect speech recognition and language outcomes for children using cochlear implants. The following have been identified as having a positive influence on outcomes with a cochlear implant:

  • Early identification of hearing loss
  • Younger age at implantation
  • Full time use of cochlear implants and/or hearing aids
  • Intervention programs that focus on listening and development of spoken language
  • Active participation of the parents in the intervention program.

The presence of a developmental delay and/or additional disability is known to affect a child’s outcome with a cochlear implant, sometimes leading to a delay in their speech and language development. Sometimes developmental delay can be difficult to identify prior to a child proceeding with a cochlear implant and the effects may not be apparent until the child is older. 

Our team will discuss each child’s ongoing development and the appropriate intervention options available with their parents, at various stages throughout the ELP program.

Child wearing a Cochlear Implant and singing

                                                                                Image courtesy of Cochlear Ltd