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TECH Talk - Dr. Wolfe - Early implantation and impact on language development

May 28, 2020

In March 2020 the FDA approved the first expansion of pediatric indications in 20 years. Dr. Jace Wolfe, Director of Audiology and Research at the Hearts for Hearing Foundation in Oklahoma City, analyzes the benefits of early implantation and its impact on brain development. Wolfe highlights Jaime Leigh’s study that suggests the need to mitigate delay in implantation. For example, if a young child is implanted, that child can parallel one year of language progress in one calendar year without falling behind their peers. On the other hand, if a child with severe to profound hearing loss waits to be implanted, he or she can only make three months of progress for every calendar year without a cochlear implant. So, implanting as early as possible can be key, especially as pediatric patients reach hearing and language milestones. Read more:

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