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September 1996

Learning Disability in Children With Postmeningitic Cochlear Implants

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

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