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September 1996

Learning Disability in Children With Postmeningitic Cochlear Implants

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(9):929-936. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890210009003
Abstract

Objective:  To determine the effects of learning disability on measures of auditory perception, receptive language development, and sequential organization in children with postmeningitic cochlear implants.

Design:  Retrospective study. Follow-up ranged from 12 months to 7 years.

Setting:  Tertiary care center.

Patients:  Ten pediatric patients with cochlear implants, 5 with documented learning disability.

Main Outcome Measure:  Pediatric cochlear implant test battery performance.

Results:  Children with learning disability showed slower progress, more inconsistencies, and lower test scores than their partners without learning disability.

Conclusion:  Learning disability is not a contraindication to cochlear implantation, but preoperative counseling must be available to families and support personnel about preoperative achievements and expectation for these children.Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122:929-936

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