Demographic and Audiological Profiles of
Deaf Children in Texas with Cochlear Implant
Thomas E. Allen, Brenda W. Rawlings, and Elizabeth Remington (1993)
American Annals of the Deaf, Vol. 138, No.3, 260-266
This paper reports the findings of a study that examined the demographic, educational and audiological characteristics of a sample of children in Texas who had received cochlear implants. Children who had received implants and children who had not during were compared. Differences between the two groups are discussed in the context of the criteria that have been published in the literature for selecting implant candidates. The data presented are from the 1991-92 Texas Survey of Hearing Impaired Children and Youth. Results indicate that although the published selection criteria were predictive of the characteristics of the implanted sample, there was a degree of flexibility in applying the criteria to choose implant recipients. Audiological comparisons revealed that cochlear implants recipients experience greater reductions in average hearing thresholds than do users of conventional aids, although these findings should be viewed as preliminary.
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