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The Effect of Short-term, Intensive, Aural (Re)habilitation Training on Measures of Functional Communication and Quality of Life in a Cochlear-implanted Adult with Pre-lingual Deafness

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  • In Canada, the number of adults with pre-lingual hearing loss who receive a cochlear implant (CI) is growing; however, most of the adult CI centers in Canada reported that “the majority of their patients did not need rehabilitation services post-implant” (Fitzpatrick & Brewster, 2010, p. 293). The researchers found no study of the effectiveness of short-term, intensive, speech-perception programs for adult CI recipients with pre-lingual deafness. This case study employed a multi-treatment (i.e., Live Therapy and Home Therapy), single-subject design to measure outcomes related to functional communication (i.e., intonation, self-monitoring, closed-set comprehension) and quality of life (i.e., Cochlear Implant Function Index and interview) associated with an intensive 10-week program. Post-treatment, the participant showed improvement in selected functional communication skills. The outcomes of the current study are hoped to provide evidence to the debate of whether or not such rehabilitation services are of benefit to adults who have pre-lingual deafness and use a CI; and whether or not rehabilitation services should become publicly funded.

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