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Cochlear implants in children : ethics and choices
Christiansen, John B.
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Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University Press, [2002]

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xii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Addressing the ongoing controversy about implanting cochlear hearing devices in young children, the authors analyze sensitive issues connected with the procedure by reviewing over 430 responses to a survey completed by parents of children with hearing problems.

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John B. Christiansen is Professor of Sociology at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
Irene W. Leigh is Professor of Psychology at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

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Christiansen and Leigh (both of whom are themselves Deaf) finally bring a voice of reason to a very emotional issue. One of their stated goals is to overcome the "either-or" thinking that has characterized the debate over pediatric cochlear implantation, with the medical establishment and the media touting it as little short of a miracle, and the Deaf community likening it to cultural genocide. They succeed admirably. This is by far the most fair, lucid discussion of pediatric cochlear implantation to date. Much of the material comes from several hundred responses to a questionnaire distributed by the Gallaudet Research Institute to parents who have considered implantation for their children, and from several dozen interviews with families and the implantees themselves, conducted by the authors. The book provides a wonderful balance of factual research data and quoted comments from the participants. It captures the highly emotional nature of the families' decisions while providing clear medical information regarding the procedure. This is an invaluable asset for families researching options for their deaf children and should be required reading for professionals assisting them in their decision. All levels. A. G. Sidone Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus

Table of Contents

Patricia Elizabeth SpencerJay R. LuckerPatricia Elizabeth Spencer
Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Part I Cochlear Implant History and Technology
Chapter 1 History of Cochlear Implantsp. 15
Chapter 2 Cochlear Implants: A Technological Overviewp. 45
Part II Pediatric Cochlear Implants
Chapter 3 Pre-Implant Issuesp. 67
Chapter 4 Language Development and the Decision to Get a Cochlear Implantp. 99
Chapter 5 The Cochlear Implant Center, Surgery, and Short-Term Post-Implant Outcomesp. 118
Chapter 6 Adjusting to Life After the Implantp. 146
Chapter 7 Educating a Child With a Cochlear Implantp. 170
Chapter 8 Looking Back: Overall Progress and Satisfactionp. 203
Chapter 9 Language Development of Children With Cochlear Implantsp. 222
Part III Current Issues
Chapter 10 The Deaf Community: Perceptions of Parents, Young People, and Professionalsp. 253
Chapter 11 Ethics and Choices: Ongoing Dilemmap. 290
Concluding Thoughtsp. 317
Appendixp. 333
Referencesp. 335
Indexp. 349