Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2009 May;73(5):717-21. Epub 2009 Feb 7. Cochlear implantation in children with cerebral palsy. A preliminary report. Bacciu A, Pasanisi E, Vincenti V, Ormitti F, Di Lella F, Guida M, Berghenti M, Bacciu S. SourceDepartment of Otolaryngology, University of Parma, Parma, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to assess the post-implantation speech perception and intelligibility of speech produced by five profoundly deaf children with cerebral palsy. METHODS: This study is derived by a review of a prospectively maintained data collection on all patients entering the cochlear implant program. Five children with cerebral palsy who underwent cochlear implantation participated in this study. Functional outcome was assessed using the Speech Perception Categories and the Speech Intelligibility Rating scale. The follow-up of the series ranged from 12 to 45 months. RESULTS: At the last follow-up, two children who were placed into speech perception category 1 (detection of a speech signal) preoperatively progressed to category 6 (open-set word recognition with familiar words) postoperatively. Two children moved from preoperative category 2 (pattern perception) to postoperative category 6. One child placed into category 0 (no detection of speech) preoperatively progressed to category 4 (word identification) postoperatively. Before implantation, three children had connected speech unintelligible, and two subjects had connected speech intelligible to a listener who concentrates and lip-reads. At the last follow-up, one child had connected speech unintelligible, two children had connected speech intelligible to a listener who concentrate and lip-reads, one child had connected speech intelligible to a listener who has little experience of a deaf person's speech, and one child had connected speech intelligible to all listeners. CONCLUSIONS: Cochlear implantation allowed these patients to dramatically improve their quality of life, increasing their self-confidence, independence and social integration.
Cochlear implantation in children with cerebral palsy. A preliminary report / BACCIU A; PASANISI E.; VINCENTI V; ORMITTI F; DI LELLA F; GUIDA M; BERGHENTI M; BACCIU S. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY. - ISSN 0165-5876. - 73(5)(2009), pp. 717-721. [10.1016/j.ijporl.2009.01.010]