Children who receive cochlear implants can progress for several years afterward, a longitudinal research project by Penn State University shows. In a milestone multi-year study, the researchers found students’ peer relationships were impacted by teacher and peer acceptance within a school.
“We didn’t actually know how implanted children would do as young adults in mainstream schools,” a lead researcher, Daniela Martin, said. “The message in [our] years of research … is that the children are doing very well overall.”
Better Acoustic Coding
Cochlear implants aren’t without limits, however. Researchers at Germany’s Technische Universitaete Muenchen (TUM) are working to improve acoustic coding for cochlear implants to give sharper hearing to children and adults:
Smarter Digital Hearing
Binaural (two-ear) hearing is the most natural context for humans, but cochlear implant technology is becoming smarter all the time:
Research models of the human auditory system are built – but the future is very bright for CI wearers as research insights combine with better acoustic technology and new sound-scanning abilities in the latest cochlear implants.
Best of all, the Smart Sound IQ sound-management system in the latest device by Cochlear Inc, intelligently manages environmental sounds, cutting the need for CI wearers to physically alter settings on the remote assistant.
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