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Cochlear Implants For Children

January 19, 2006

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) provides support to children with cochlear implants.

Cochlear implants are electronic devices that provide improved hearing and communication to children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.

The device consists of a surgically implanted internal component and an externally worn headset/speech processor.

Children who have received cochlear implants have the potential to learn spoken language and articulation at a much faster rate than without the implant. These children can learn to read phonetically.

Children with cochlear implants may need services from a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, services from the speech pathologist, a classroom amplification system, and/or note taking services.

The Mississippi Bend AEA and Grant Wood AEA have partnered to provide a class on educating children with cochlear implants. A workshop will be co-sponsored this summer for speech pathologists who work with children with cochlear implants.

For more information about support of children with cochlear implants, contact Joan Marttila, Coordinator, 563-344-6275or 800-947-2329, extension 6275.

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