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August 1987

A Multiple-Electrode Intracochlear Implant for Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne (Drs Clark, Blamey, Dowell, Franz, Nienhuys, Pyman, Roberts, Tong, and Webb, Mr Busby, and Ms Musgrave), and the Cochlear Pty Limited, Lane Cove, Australia (Messrs Kuzma, Money, and Patrick, and Dr Seligman).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1987;113(8):825-828. doi:10.1001/archotol.1987.01860080031010

• A multiple-electrode intracochlear implant that provides 21 stimulus channels has been designed for use in young children. It is smaller than the adult version and has magnets to facilitate the attachment of the headset. It has been implanted in two children aged 5 and 10 years. The two children both lost hearing in their third year, when they were still learning language. Following implantation, it was possible to determine threshold and comfortable listening levels for each electrode pair. This was facilitated in the younger child by prior training in scaling visual and electrotactile stimuli. Both children are regular users of the implant, and a training and assessment program has been commenced.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1987;113:825-828)

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