February 13th, 2013 by Rachel | Tags: Language, New Parents, News, Oral Education, Research | Comments Off
A new research study about the long-term societal benefits of early implantation was just published in EAR and HEARING: The Official Journal of the American Auditory Society. The results of the study clearly states that the earlier the child receives a cochlear implant, the better the outcome will be. More children who received a cochlear implant before 18 months were mainstreamed than those who were implanted after 36 months. Cochlear implants also led to net societal savings of $31,252 for those who were implanted prior to 18 months old. At the conclusion, the study states, “Early (<18 months) intervention with CI was associated with greater and longer quality-of-life improvements…” Click here to see the study.