Issue N# 3 - 2007
OTOLOGY - PEDIATRY
Cochlear implants in children with mental disabilities
Authors : Silhol C, Bensimon A, Beaud M. C, Guarella M. D, Jonquières C, Durochat A, Sarabian N, Giorgetti F, Delorenzi J, Pontet S, Ehret D, Triglia J. M, Roman S (Marseille)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2007;128,3:131-136.
Article published in french
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Introduction: Nowadays, profoundly deaf children with associated psychotic disorders can sometimes benefit from a cochlear implant program. These fragile children who have a specific development need a reinforced observation and follow up, and active parental collaboration. Methods: From a series of 8 children with psychotic disorders implanted between 1999 and 2006, we present 4 representative cases of our practise, which have at least 3 years post implant. Results: The questions that should occur about the conditions of the cochlear implantation are discussed in the light of the results of our observations. No children deteriorated them selves. All of them use their cochlear implant continuously. Conclusion: Cochlear implant is a tool in a global approach towards mobilization of communication resources in such children.
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