I have an 11 year old profoundly deaf student.was implanted at the age of 6 (in 2001) with a recommendation to NOT implant, surgery went ahead anyways, the implant has never really worked well for my student.he has the outdated Advanced Bionics CI. Parents do not bring my student in for updates or mapping.
My question is...there is an update for the Advanced Bionics CI...and wondering if any deaf teens or adults have had success with this updated CI. I'm going to push for this update this year when I meet with his parents again in a few weeks.
The prior answerer is incorrect when saying that CIs work only 50% of the time. If this were true, they would not be FDA approved. The failure rate of cochlear implants are less than 1%. I don't understand how the parents got the surgery done, when the implant team recommended against it. That's very difficult to do. If the implant has not worked for your student, it probably has been due to difficulties such as poor family support, and lack of training, rather than a device failure. You don't just put an implant on and all of a sudden a person knows how to do it; there is a specific auditory rehabilitation process that must be followed, or the wearer often cannot use it properly. This is why going through candidacy has many aspects, and is hard to find someone to do it if the team recommends against it.
Your question is very difficult to answer, without knowing either the internal component or external component of the implant. Internal pieces are made to be able to be updated with future technology. You 'update' the external piece, not the internal piece. Changing the internal peice would mean they would have to go back in surgery, which could be risky. However, the external peice could be updated, but if the student is not using the one he has properly, an updated exernal peice will not help. Instead of pushing for a new peice, push for more services for the child. This child should have an IEP, and needs AV therapy (auditory verbal), Speech therapy, and an oral teacher of the deaf. These services, if provided, can be done at school. The IEP should also incude a complete audiological evaluation yearly, which takes the cost off the parents, which may be the reason they are hesitant to keep up with the implant. This would help the child much more than trying to get the parents to pay for an expensive upgrade to equipment they obviously don't facilitate to begin with. Please email me if you have any questions!
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Well, my ear doctor has discouraged me from cochlear implant. One, technology is still not perfect. There's a 50/50 chance it will not work. 2nd, if deaf people benefit so well with hearing aids, then there is no point in using cochlear implants. Otherwise, you'll only be damaging the ear more. I know one person who underwent cochlear implant and it works for him however, it's because he cannot hear anymore even with hearing aids.
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