A review of the current literature on outcomes of individuals using cochlear implants, especially in the relationship between age at implantation and speech intelligibility was conducted. Literature describing norms for language acquisition and hearing outcomes with the use of other devices (i.e. hearing aids) was also assessed. A clear pattern of normal language acquisition is shown by the literature of this field. Literature assessing the effectiveness of cochlear implants shows that although most cochlear implant users are not able to catch up to hearing age-mates, cochlear implants are significantly more effective than traditional hearing aids in language acquisition. The research also suggests that the earlier children are implanted, the more successful they are in language acquisition.
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Becker, Danielle, "Cochlear Implants, Language Acquisition, and Speech Intelligibility: The Effect of Age at Implantation" (2014). Library Research Prize Student Works. 10.
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