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The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants

Patricia M. Chute and
Mary Ellen Nevins

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A cochlear implant (CI) is a system of internal and external devices that analyze and digitize sound into signals, stimulating auditory nerves in the cochlea and sending the results to the brain for interpretation. First developed in the early 1980s, CIs have been a source of controversy among the deaf, particularly when used in prelingual children. Many feel that CIs show that the hearing world sees the deaf child as a �disabled� member of the hearing community rather than an integral member of a vibrant deaf culture. In the last few years, however, there has been a slow-growing acceptance of CIs as one more tool, like a hearing aid or speech reading. For parents trying to decide whether or not their child would benefit from a CI (not all children are suitable candidates), this guide by two specialists in the education of deaf children is a much-welcomed aid. It explains the process of evaluation, device options, the surgery itself, what to expect at switch-on, CI limitations, ways to enhance language development and learning at home, school issues, and individual children�s variations in response to perceived sounds. Also included is a cogent discussion of the deaf community�s concerns regarding CI. Resources are included in the appendixes. Recommended for pediatric and consumer health collections.

-- Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY

Patricia M. Chute is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Mary Ellen Nevins is Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University, Union, NJ.

ISBN 1-56368-129-3, 6 x 9 paperback, 208 pages, illustrations, figures, references, appendices, index

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