Cognitive development in children with cochlear implants: Relations to reading and communication

Bjorn Lyxell, Birgitta Sahlén, Malin Wass, Tina Ibertsson, Birgitta Larsby, Mathias Hallgren, Elina Mäki-Torkko

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The purpose of the present article is to present an overview of a set of studies conducted in our own laboratory on cognitive and communicative development in children with cochlear implants (CI). The results demonstrate that children with CIs perform at significantly lower levels on the majority of the cognitive tasks. The exceptions to this trend are tasks with relatively lower demands on phonological processing. A fairly high proportion of the children can reach a level of reading comprehension that matches hearing children, despite the fact that they have relatively poor phonological skills. General working memory capacity is further correlated with the type of questions asked in a referential communication task. The results are discussed with respect to issues related to education and rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Journal of Audiology
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Conference on From Signal to Dialogue - Dynamic Aspects of Hearing, Language and Cognition - Linkoping, Sweden
Duration: 2007 Sept 72007 Sept 8

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1708-8186
ISSN (Electronic)1499-2027


ConferenceInternational Conference on From Signal to Dialogue - Dynamic Aspects of Hearing, Language and Cognition

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified

Free keywords

  • hearing
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Cochlear implant
  • Behavioural measures
  • science
  • Paediatric

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