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November 11, 2014
Bilateral cochlear implants give the best language development

Children with bilateral cochlear implants are found to have better language and vocabulary skills than children with unilateral cochlear implants

A study shows significantly faster rates of vocabulary and language development among the children with bilateral CIs (cochlear implants) than unilateral users. The results are found in a comparative study of children with bilateral and unilateral CIs, conducted by an Australian research team.

The research showed that the children using bilateral CIs achieved better vocabulary outcomes and significantly higher scores on the Core and Expressive Language subscales of the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals than children with unilateral CIs.

While the scores on the Preschool Language Scales did not indicate any difference between the children with the two CIs, the 8-year-old children with bilateral CIs had a considerably better language outcome than the unilateral children.

Over all, the bilateral CI users were found to predict faster rates of vocabulary and language development than unilateral CI users.