What are some of the factors that contribute to the success of cochlear implantation?

These three factors are considered the most important: Other contributing factors: Insights:

I feel that the above information is important to keep in mind when a child is either being considered for a cochlear implant or after a child has received one and is beginning the education process with the cochlear implant. When parents are considering a cochlear implant for their child, they should consider if their child meets the factors that are listed above. If the child does not meet all or some of these factors, then he or she may not be a good candidate for a cochlear implant. If the child is implanted and then has difficulty because he or she did not meet all or some of the factors than the child may be getting set up for more disappointment and maybe even failure.

References:

Barnes, J. M., Franz D., & Bruce, W. (1994). Pediatric Cochlear Implants: An Overview of the Alternatives in Education and Rehabilitation. Washington, DC: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Inc.

Nevins, M. E., Chute, P. M. (1996). Children with Cochlear Implants in Educational Settings. San Diego: Singular Publishing Group, Inc.