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? 🙂

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  1. It would be wonderful if it was that simple. Unfortunately it is not. The success of the implant depends on many factors, including how long the person has been deaf, how much hearing they had before going deaf, how old they are, how good their speech is, and for babies, how quickly it can be implanted.

    In general, for adults, the more hearing you had, and the better your speech, the more successful the implant will be.

    For babies, the sooner it can be implanted, and the better the parent is with aural rehabilitation, the more successful it will be.

  2. successful or not; you can still hear something… and drink beer.

    with or without significant hearing being “returned” if you can still drink a good frosty beer at the end of the day, its success in my book.

  3. If I were you, I would ask the insurance companies that pay $100,000 per surgery and see if they have statistics on the deaf child up to the age of 18 if it is successful and if the child continues to use it. A large percentage stop using them before the age of 18. And Why?

    If AGBell and Auditory Verbal Therapy have such statistics, then ask for them. If they don’t, then you need to know why they won’t keep statistics, for there could be many failures.

    It is the statistics that you want and if there is none, then I would doubt their success.

  4. Jojo,

    You are not only the sign language interpreter encountered with too many deaf people with CI speak unintelligbly or not able to hear perfectly.

    The CI industry and AGBell and other audiology interest groups want to reap excessive profits from cochlearizing deaf babies and youngsters and do not care about the long-term conaquence of CI surgery.


  5. MY son is now 12 yrs old and diagnosed with severe hearing loss since he was a baby. I was now contemplating to undergo him with CI surgery but wonder if its worth it considering that i will just be borrowing money to pay for it? pls help

  6. The CI is very successful. I saw a woman of 60 who was deaf from birth . Profound. Her speech was almost perfect > i asked why and she said she had two CI put in one on the left and one on the right . Having one is good and with training on how to speak will only get better . Remember speaking is a continual learning skill. My neighbor at the age of 35 lost all her hearing from Malinger cocla disease. After a few months shes lost the ability to speak.
    After the CI goes in lots of training and speech therapy. Those kids will get better the more you read and talk to them .

    I have two hearing impaired daughters ( one with CI ) and two hearing impaired granddaughters so I have had 35 years experience as a parent in this .
    Both of my daughter were trained to speak and not use sign . They both got jobs and involved in hearing world

    CI is a great Australian invention that does so much . Problem is that it is so expensive .
    Important is to get the children as early as possible with hearing aids or CI.

    magadang hapon
    Lolo Frank – Sydney

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