How successful is cochlear implant?
My last post made me think deeper. Are cochlear implants proven to have a high success rate? The reason why I’m having serious doubts is when I was putting sub-titles on the video, I’m having a hard time listening to the speeches made by those two kids who have undergone the implant. So instead of deciphering what he is saying, I simply put [inaudible speech]. So I cannot consider that as a success.
I felt that the family of Angela might be pinning too much hope on the technology that might not work wonders on their child. Or I may be wrong. So I googled my query on the Internet. True enough, I found the question exactly the same as mine.
A certain “loloz32” posted the same question on Yahoo Answers. He asked:
How successful is cochlear implant? I am 32 years old. I have severe hearing loss from 12 years ago. I want to know if I can have an operation to fix a cochlear and how much does it cost? Can the American nationality cover it?
There were two readers who made opposing responses although the “asker” chose the one given by the hearing professional as the “Best Answer”. Well, coming from an audiologist, she can always claim that it’s highly successful. It is expected that she will side with the medical or business perspectives. But the other poster pointed out that the success rate is not that high.
Is there an actual study or unbiased research about its success rate? I believe having one would be a very useful tool for decision making on families and individuals who are seriously considering this very expensive and highly delicate surgery. Anyone out there who can point me to a link or a study made by professional researchers? 🙂