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The Evolution of Pediatric Candidacy for Cochlear Implants: A New Indication

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1.  The FDA first approved cochlear implants in children 2 years and older in:
  1. 1972
  2. 1985
  3. 1990
  4. 2000
2.  Prior to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs, at what age was hearing loss typically identified in children:
  1. Before age 1, because they weren’t turning to their name
  2. Between ages 2-3, when their speech did not start developing properly
  3. After age 5, because this is when school hearing screenings happened
  4. There is no data on this
3.  Shani Dettman and her colleagues at the Cochlear Research Center in Melbourne found that ____% of children who receive cochlear implants by 12 months of age have demonstrate age-appropriate language skills by school-age:
  1. 20%
  2. 40%
  3. 60%
  4. 80%
4.  A clear predictor of spoken language competency at school age in children with hearing loss is:
  1. Language skills in pre-school
  2. Early intervention
  3. Early fitting of hearing devices (eg, hearing aids, cochlear implants)
  4. All of the above
5.  Cochlear’s new indications are that children 9-24 months of age with ________ bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and children two years of age or older with _________ bilateral sensorineural hearing loss may be candidates for cochlear implantation.
  1. Profound, Severe to Profound
  2. Severe, Profound
  3. Profound, Moderate
  4. Profound, Profound
6.  What changed in Cochlear’s indications for pediatric cochlear implantation?
  1. Test protocol for pediatrics changed to the MSTB
  2. Hearing loss levels changed to moderate
  3. Age lowered to 9 months
  4. None of the above
7.  The ability to monitor a child’s usage of the Nucleus 7 sound processor through Hearing Tracker and Datalogging can:
  1. Empower parents to set goals for speech input
  2. Confirm usage of the sound processor
  3. Ensure sound processor is functioning properly
  4. All of the above
8.  A sound processor that is _________ and _________ can promote more consistent device use on little ears.
  1. colorful, wireless
  2. small, light
  3. water resistant, beige
  4. smart, breakable
9.  Wireless compatibility for cochlear implant sound processors is important for pediatric recipients because:
  1. They might want to stream Spotify
  2. Their parents cannot tell if they are streaming
  3. They require a better signal-to-noise ratio in noisy settings, which a remote microphone can provide
  4. None of the above
10.  The Nucleus SmartApp allows parents to:
  1. Monitor a child’s usage of their sound processor
  2. Find a lost sound processor
  3. Activate streaming, change programs or change volume
  4. All of the above

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