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Year: 2013  Vol. 17   Num. Suppl. 1  - Print:
CEREBRAL PALSY AND COCHLEAR IMPLANTS: NEW CHALLENGES
Author(s):
Marina Santos Teixeira, Anaclia Melo da Silva Hilgenberg, Carolina Costa Cardoso, Fayez Bahmad Jnior, Fernanda Ferreira Caldas, Thaiana Larissa Arago Ramalho
Abstract:

Recent efforts have sought to design a program of hearing rehabilitation therapy for children who present severe sensorineural hearing loss requiring bilateral cochlear implants. Nonetheless, hearing rehabilitation remains a challenge requiring the help of otolaryngology and audiology professionals. The purpose of this work is to verify the effectiveness of the cochlear implant in the development of auditory and language skills in children with cerebral palsy associated with hearing loss. The study population comprised 5 children of both genders with cerebral palsy of variable etiology, who used bilateral cochlear implants and had been enrolled in a hearing rehabilitation program. Each subject was evaluated using the IT-MAIS and MacArthur Inventory, which are standardized tests to evaluate and quantify the development of auditory and speech skills in children with hearing disabilities. The recordings obtained during speech therapy as well as the associated observations were analyzed. CONCLUSION: The use of cochlear implants allowed 3 of the 5 children with cerebral palsy included in the study to achieve advanced stages of listening and speech skills. This recommends the cochlear implant as the most viable treatment option for children with cerebral palsy seeking to improve their auditory and speech skills.

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