The majority of children with a hearing loss have some residual hearing (Bezold & Siebenmann, 1908; Goldstein, 1939; Urbanschitsch, 1982). When this residual hearing is appropriately amplified or replace by the implant signal, 90% of these children can hear all the sounds in the speech spectrum.The devices that are used to aid a child with a hearing loss include the hearing aid and cochlear implant. The cochlear implant is most often used in New Zealand for children with a profound hearing loss and, under special circumstances, children with a severe hearing loss. Before a child receives a cochlear implant they will undergo an assessment to ensure that this is the appropriate technology for them. The majority of the children who attend The Hearing House have a cochlear implant.
The earliest possible fitting and consistent use of medical and amplification technology is necessary to achieve the maximum benefits available.
The majority of children with a hearing loss have residual hearing (Bezold & Siebenmann, 1908; Goldstein, 1939; Urbanschitsch, 1982). Therefore when properly assisted they can hear most, if not all, of the speech spectrum (Beebe, 1953; Goldstein, 1939; Johnson, 1975; Johnson, 1976; Ling, 1989; Ling & Ling, 1978; Pollack, 1970, 1985; Ross & Calvert, 1984).