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The Pediatric Forum
April 2004

Developmental, Audiological, and Speech Perception Functioning in Children After Cochlear Implant Surgery: A Reply

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(4):401. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.4.401-a

As more children receive and use cochlear implants in this country, more research becomes available regarding improvements in speech, language, and development. One such study by Pulsifer et al1 entitled "Developmental, Audiological, and Speech Perception Functioning in Children After Cochlear Implant Surgery" appeared in the June issue of ARCHIVES. We applaud the authors' use of functional performance measures, such as nonverbal IQ testing and open-set speech recognition. However, we question the use of parametric statistics in the "speech perception" category of evaluation.

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