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December 1988

Experience With the Nucleus Multichannel Implant in Three Young Children

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Charlottesville, Va

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(12):1367. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860240017013

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At the annual meeting of the American Otological Society, Palm Beach, Fla, William M. Luxford, MD, House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, and collaborators reported their experience with the nucleus multichannel implant in three young children. Their cases represented three different classes of deafness: congenital, prelinguistic, and postlinguistic. Although benefit from the implant could be demonstrated for each patient, the authors agree that the optimal candidate is the child who becomes deaf after a number of years of auditory experience, who has a short duration of deafness, and who is involved in an educational setting that emphasizes auditory-only training. One of the three patients presented met those criteria and his results have been outstanding. For example, his score on the Monosyllable, Troche, Spondee test at one year after implant was 24/24, whereas the preimplant score with a hearing aid was 2/24, and with a tactile aid, the score was 1/24. On

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