Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology (CAN J SPEECH LANG PATHOL AUDIOL), 2008 Winter; 32(4): 169-82 (49 ref) Johnston JC; Durieux-Smith A; Fitzpatrick E; O'Connor A; Benzies K; Angus D
This article deals with the decisions that a parent has to make when getting their child fitted for a cochlear implant. If goes into detail with the step-by- step process and the reaction they have.
Description of Article
This article describes the decisions that parents make dealing with cochlear implantation, from age of implant to fitting and how to come up with the resources to provide the implant. It tells about the assessments that need to be done. Some parents who have child that have already been implanted have to go back and decide if their kids need to be bilaterally implanted.
The parents of deaf and hard of hearing children react in many different ways. Some of the parents accept the fact that their kids are deaf, and have no problem with getting help. While others blame themselves, and ask what they did that was so wrong that their child to come out hearing impaired.
Perception of the Article
I believe that the parent’s reaction has to do with the culture and background that they are brought up in. The socioeconomic status determines a lot with these parents. If the funds are available then the implantation will be done much sooner. Both the parents on the higher and lower end may have the same feelings and beliefs, but the funds are not available.