Benefits and Shortcomings of Cochlear Implantation in Children: Parental Reports from India Pages 125-131

Srikanth Chundu1,6, Janani Jeyaraman2, Kalyani Mandke3 and Vinaya Manchaiah4,5,6

1University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK; 210/18, Shrinivasa Enclave, Vasan Street, T. Nagar, Chennai, India; 3Mandke Hearing Services, Pune, India; 4Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, USA; 5Linnaeus Centre HEAD, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; 6Audiology India, Mysore, India

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12970/2311-1917.2014.02.03.3

Abstract: Objective: The aim of the study was to understand the rationale for choosing cochlear implantation as a rehabilitation option and the benefits and shortcomings of cochlear implants in children as reported by their parents.

Method: Ninety parents of children with cochlear implants from various parts of India completed open-ended questionnaires.

Results: The main reasons for choosing cochlear implantation include: no benefit from hearing aids, the expectation that children would have better hearing and develop age appropriate speech and language abilities. Most of the participants reported benefits of cochlear implantation in a home setting but not in school and other social settings. Most participants reported shortcomings in a home setting but only less than half reported in school and other social settings.

Conclusions: Not all respondents reported benefits and shortcomings in all settings, particularly school and other social settings. This may raise some questions about knowledge of parents about what to expect from their child’s performance with a cochlear implant in different settings.
Keywords: Cochlear implants, Hearing loss, Open-ended questionnaire, Counselling, Cochlear implants in India. Read more