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OBJECTIVE Universal newborn hearing screening has become standard practice in many countries. The primary goal of this study was to assess the impact of early identification of permanent childhood hearing loss on oral communication development. SETTING Participants were recruited from three clinical programmes in two cities in the province of Ontario,(More)
A recent trend has been the implantation of bilateral cochlear implants (CIs) for children with severe to profound hearing loss. A review of available research on bilateral CIs was conducted to determine the support for this trend. A replicable review was undertaken to evaluate published research studies that examined the effectiveness of bilateral(More)
This study examined: (1) the prevalence of hearing-aid use in a clinical population of adults with unilateral cochlear implants, (2) the relationship between hearing-aid use, severity of hearing loss, duration of deafness and duration of cochlear implant use, and (3) the benefits of bimodal hearing from the users' perspective. Using a retrospective design,(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous studies have suggested that individuals with long-term prelinguistic deafness who receive cochlear implants show little improvement in speech recognition skills. The purpose of this study was to examine the auditory functioning of individuals with prelinguistic deafness who received cochlear implants after the age of 12. STUDY DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE Early identification of permanent childhood hearing loss through universal newborn hearing screening is rapidly becoming a standard of care. However, it is well recognized that hearing screening must be embedded within a comprehensive system of rehabilitation and parent support services. This study was undertaken with parents of young children(More)
Newborn hearing screening has been widely implemented to improve outcomes for children with permanent hearing loss. This study examined benefits beyond those typically measured clinically, by exploring parents' perceptions of the effects of early/late identification of hearing loss. The parents of 17 children in Ontario, Canada, participated in the study.(More)
The objectives of this study were to estimate the rates of complications associated with paediatric cochlear implantation use: a) at one Canadian cochlear implant (CI) centre, and b) in the published literature. It comprised a retrospective hospital-based chart review and a concurrent review of complications in the published literature. There were 224(More)
OBJECTIVE Early access to sound through early cochlear implantation has been widely advocated for children who do not derive sufficient benefit from acoustic amplification. Early identification through newborn hearing screening should lead to earlier intervention including earlier cochlear implantation when appropriate. Despite earlier diagnosis and the(More)
The objective of this paper is to present data on the ages of diagnosis and hearing-aid fitting of children with permanent congenital or early-onset hearing loss who were identified through neonatal hearing screening (NHS) programs or medical referral. Data were collected for 709 children born between 1980 and 2003. Children who were screened were diagnosed(More)
PURPOSE Appropriate support for families of children diagnosed with hearing impairment may have a direct impact on the success of early hearing detection and intervention programs in reducing the negative effects of permanent hearing loss. We conducted a qualitative study to explore parents' needs after learning of their child's hearing loss to better(More)