About The Book

Jargon-free and comprehensive in coverage, this handbook has been written by members of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program to serve the needs of parents considering CI implantation for their children. Their rationale in writing the book was to ensure that parents had a reliable information source to supplement advices from medical and allied health professionals, to help enable them to make informed decisions.

From surgical considerations, through insurance and lifestyle issues, to counseling, this book is an ideal patient hand-out, or should at the very least be recommended as a primary source of information. It further meets the needs of medical and allied health professionals in the communication sciences in understanding and being able to serve the information needs of parents in this situation.

About The Author

Dr. Loy is the Clinical Research Manager for the department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and conducts pediatric cochlear implant research there. Her research interests include health-related quality of life in young cochlear implant users and parental decision making in the cochlear implant process. She serves as a special assistant to the board of directors of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program.

Peter Roland, MD, is the Medical Director of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program. He has worked with adults and children seeking cochlear implantation since 1986. Dr. Roland has performed hundreds of CI surgeries and is respected internationally for his cochlear implant expertise. At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and holds the Arthur E. Meyerhoff Chair in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

Table Of Contents

  1. Upon Learning Your Child Can’t Hear
    Betty Loy, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA
  2. Will My Child Learn to Talk?
    Emily A. Tobey, Ph.D.
    *Emma’s Story
  3. Hearing and How it is Tested
    Pamela Tunney-Kruger, Au.D., CCC-A
  4. Don’t the Insurance People Understand? This is MY CHILD!!!
    Marjorie K. Maier, M.S.W., M.B.A.
    *Scooter’s Story
  5. Which Cochlear Implant Device is Right for Your Child?
    Phillip L. Wilson, Au.D., CCC-A and Holly S. Whalen, Au.D., CCC-A
  6. Cochlear Implant Surgery
    Peter S. Roland, M.D.
    *The Brothers’ Story
  7. Initial Stimulation and MAPping: What to Expect
    Andrea D. Warner-Czyz, Ph.D., CCC-A
  8. Auditory-Verbal Communication: Why We Recommend It
    Melissa Sweeney, M.S., CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT®
    *Megan’s Story
  9. Advocacy for Optimal Educational Arrangements
    Linda Thibodeau, Ph.D, Lindsay Bondurant, M.S., CCC-A and Jessica Sullivan
  10. Quality of Life Following Cochlear Implantation in Early Childhood
    Ann E. Geers, Ph.D. and Christine Gustus, M.S., CCC-SLP
    *A Letter to the Doctor

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