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-e+ Family dedication key to successful cochlear implantation in children Cochlear implantation surgery is giving many hearing=impaired children access to a world full of sound. However, the procedure cannot be successful without the dedication of a patient's family. 'the cochlear implant is a tool for communication. It does not provide normal hearing," said Dr. Spires Manolidis, chief of Texas Children's Hearing Center and as- sistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. "Families of children who are im- planted must be wilting to follow through on recommended rehabil- itation programs to make -ull use of the technology." The electronic device is surgi- cally implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, the device by- passes damaged pts of the audi- tory system and directly stimu- lates the nerve of hearing, allow- ing a profoundly deaf person to hear. Children who receive cochlear implants require specific hearing and speech-language therapy in a hospital clinic and at home. The rehabilitation involves training the brain to understand the sounds heard through the implant. "If parents do not help their child with listening lessons at home, the child's auditory senses will not be stimulated on a daily basis, which is vital for the suc- cess of implants," said Manolidis. Specialists also encourage par- ents to interact with their children in a sound-sefisitive way. Point- ing out and drawing attention to sounds as they occur teaches im- planted children to be aware of noises they may not have heard before. This forces the child to develop listening skills until the hearing becomes natural. "There are children who have implants and do not use them be- cause their strongest sense is their visual sense," said Manolidis. "These kids tend to lip-read and do other things that do not use their capabilities to hear wit Ue implant." For more information on Texas Children's Hearing Center, visit texaschildrenshospital.org and click on patient care centers/oto- laryngology. Cochlear implants The cochlear implant is composed of a small electronic device that is surgically implanted under the skin, behind the ear, and an external speech processor, which is usually worn on a belt or in a pocket. A cochlear implant has three parts: Receiver: The receiver is surgically implanted under the skin above the ear. A wire from the receiver to the electrode array is inserted in the cochlea. Microphone: The microphone picks up sound in the environ- ment and transmits it to the speech processor. Speech processor: A speech processor is a microcomputer that can be worn behind the ear or a body unit that is worn on a belt or in a pocket. Its appearance is similar to a hearing aid. The speech processor interfaces between sound in the environment and the implanted electronics to send information to the hearing nerve. This process occurs in milliseconds, enabling the listener to hear sound as it occurs. Pediatric candidates for implants must be 12 months and older. They must have a profound hearing loss in both ears - 90 decibels - and receive little or no benefit from hearing aids after a three-to six- month evaluation. Candidates must also have no medical con- traindications. Information provided by Texas Children's Hospital. G. Harry Papaleo, CPA Michelle R. Pinder, CPA Corporate, Partnership & Individual Tax Services Computer Consulting Business & Individual Tax Planning Business Start-up & Incorporations Business AdvisorY Services Accounting & Auditing Services Loan Acquisition Assistance Estate & Financial Planning Business Valuations for an appointment 302-644-8600 135 Second Street, Lewes, Delaware Serving all three counties w/th other offices at: 1309 Philadelphia Pike 28 DuPont Highway Wilmington,DE 19809 Smyrna, DE 19977 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 - 87 1632 Savannah Rd. 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