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date: 04 June 2020

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Cochlear implants have now become a routine intervention for profoundly deaf children in many countries, providing useful hearing and changing the educational options and communication choices for many. With increasing newborn hearing screening and the introduction of technology earlier than ever into family life, the experiences of families with deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) children are changing in many respects, yet in some respects the issues remain the same. For the first time, we have families that must make decisions about their child’s future in this technology-driven era. We also have large groups of young people who, for the first time, have grown up with an implant, and other young people who are choosing implants for themselves. There has been great controversy about cochlear implantation over the years, and concerns that young people with implants will have greater socioemotional difficulties than before. This chapter explores the issues surrounding cochlear implantation and families, including what we know of parental perceptions about decision making, and the expectations and outcomes from implantation, particularly educational outcomes. It also explores the current research on young people with implantation and what they themselves are telling us about life after childhood implantation.

Keywords: children, cochlear implants, families, education, young people

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