Manoj Gopalan1, Venugopal Madhavakurup2, Satheesh Somaraj3, Chippi Mohan4
Cochlear implantation is done in persons with severe to profound hearing loss, not benefitted with hearing aid. Best results are obtained if the surgery is done for children below three years, earlier the better. The aim of the study is to evaluate the results of the paediatric cochlear implantations done in Government Medical College, Trivandrum.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Children were selected by standardised screening methods. Thirty six children underwent the cochlear implantation surgery. They were subjected to dedicated habilitation in the postoperative period. In this outcome study, we are comparing the preoperative and postoperative language age of all cases (both receptive and expressive language age).
Nine children are having near normal language age. 21 children are doing well with Auditory Verbal Therapy. Six are having poor response due to parent’s inability to attend the habilitation regularly.