Do the costs and benefits of cochlear implantation differ between infants and older children?
Background: While many studies show more rapid auditory and cognitive development in early cochlear implantation, other studies report little difference in outcomes in a small sample of children, some implanted before 12 months of age and others implanted later. Additionally, the development and diffusion of cochlear implants have been limited mainly for economic reasons.
Explore this issue:November 2011
Study design: Retrospective cohort study.
Setting: ENT Department, University of Verona, Italy; House Research Institute, Los Angeles.