Two implants beat one
DEAF children who receive two Cochlear implants are able to bridge the academic gap to those with normal hearing, however those with only one bionic ear face a tougher time.
Results of the University of Melbourne research have heightened calls for the Australian Government to begin funding bilateral Cochlear implants, rather than the single implant now subsidised.
While children with profound hearing loss have historically learned at a rate of 55-65 per cent of those with normal hearing, the research shows those given double implants at a young age do better.
The study of 44 deaf eightyear-old children across Australia and New Zealand also revealed the younger the implants were fitted, the better their results would be.