Coclear implants and the deaf culture Richard Tyler should be commended for bringing both sides of the cochlear implant issue to light in his article. As was his intent, he does a fine job of presenting the concerns and attitudes of all those involved with hearing-impaired persons. However, we believe that a very critical point should ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   November 01, 1993
Coclear implants and the deaf culture
 
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  • Angela Flores Pool
    Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (FL)
  • Darrell E. Rose
    Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (FL)
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Hearing Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   November 01, 1993
Coclear implants and the deaf culture
American Journal of Audiology, November 1993, Vol. 2, 69. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0203.69a
 
American Journal of Audiology, November 1993, Vol. 2, 69. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0203.69a
Richard Tyler should be commended for bringing both sides of the cochlear implant issue to light in his article. As was his intent, he does a fine job of presenting the concerns and attitudes of all those involved with hearing-impaired persons. However, we believe that a very critical point should also have been discussed. That is, as audiologists, we should now begin to look past the glamour and glory of this new device and take a critical view of its use in prelingually deaf children.
There is little doubt that the Nucleus 22-channel cochlear implant is a marvel of modern technology. Likewise, there is little doubt that it is often very useful for postlingually deafened adults and children. However, when reading the literature and listening to lectures that praise the results in children who are prelingually deaf, we realize that as professionals we need to view the data with a realistic perspective.
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