Children who are deaf benefit from early cochlear implants

08/16/2009 | USA Today

Advances in cochlear implant technology are making the devices "smaller, faster and smarter," said John Niparko, a Johns Hopkins cochlear implant surgeon. These advances are allowing the use of implants in infants and toddlers with hearing disabilities. Younger children are more likely to benefit because their developing brains are able to "absorb all the potential benefits of that sound stimulation," said Gordon Hughes, program director of clinical trials at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

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