What is the “deaf debate” with cochlear implants? Why can they be seen as controversial? This is one of the best pieces we’ve read on the topic, to date.
Many people are curious about this debate, as a result of the Happy New Ear campaign which is seeking bilateral (two-ear) cochlear implants for babies and children in Ireland, who are suitable to have both ears implanted.
Research studies from different countries show bilateral implants give more benefits to child wearers, than when a unilateral (one-ear) implant is worn.
Speech perception and sound-source localisation are the two key benefits of having bilateral implants, according to a 2010 thesis by Rosemary Lovett:
The UK’s National Paediatric Bilateral Cochlear Implant Audit (April 2013) shows children with bilateral implants to significantly outperform children with unilateral implants, in the months and years after surgery:
Informed choice is the mantra for today’s parents, remembering 90% of children with hearing issues are born into families who use spoken language.
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- Deaf Children ‘Can Learn Their Family Language’
- Early Implants Best For Baby’s Language Progress
- Bilateral Cochlear Implants: Hearing With Two Ears
- Bilateral Implant Wait List Concerns Irish Parents
- Families To Write To Health Minister On Implants