The Cochlear Implants for Children with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss project will address a number of objectives to provide evidence-based information to assist parents and professionals in making decisions about cochlear implantation for children who are deaf-blind. This multi-year project will:

  1. Develop a system to collect and compile information on children with combined hearing and vision loss before and after cochlear implantation. Tactical plans include:
    • Identify children whose families are considering a cochlear implant
    • Identify children who have received one or more cochlear implants
    • Collect and disseminate data on an on-going basis
    • Revise National Deaf-Blind Child Count census forms, to identify children who have received cochlear implant(s)

  2. Develop a protocol of assessments to measure changes in auditory perception, language acquisition, communication, and social interaction skills of children with combined hearing and vision loss, before and after cochlear implantation. Tactical plans include:
    • Identify assessments to measure child growth
    • Determine assessment schedules for participants, pre- and post-implant
    • Develop family surveys
    • Develop case study protocol
    • Collect and analyze case studies

  3. Partner with state deaf-blind projects, early childhood agencies and implant centers to develop a collaborative approach to information dissemination for professionals, service providers, families and consumers. Tactical plans include:
    • Provide information in accessible formats
    • Collaborate with cochlear implant centers
    • Develop communication networks for information sharing

  4. Develop a protocol to address four research questions:
    • Which children, ages 12 months to 12 years, with combined hearing and vision loss receive cochlear implants?
    • How does receiving a cochlear implant impact the development of a child, who has combined hearing and vision loss, in the areas of auditory skills, communication skills, and/or social skill?
    • How do age of implantation, severity of visual impairment, cognitive level, presence of additional disabilities, or length of time post-implant impact the positive and/or negative outcomes associated with cochlear implantation for children with combined hearing and vision loss?
    • To what degree do the intensity, length, and/or quality of post-implantation habilitation services contribute to the positive or negative progress for a child with combined hearing and vision loss?

  5. Disseminate information about our activities and outcomes. Tactical plans include:
    • Develop accessible web-site
    • Develop family-friendly info sheets
    • Present at regional and national conferences
    • Publish findings

  6. Evaluate the project objectives and activities, on an on-going basis, and adjust research activities accordingly.

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