The Dallas Morning News writes a story about a teen who is deaf and doing very well with a cochlear implant. He has a bright future ahead of him.
The article also looks at the contoversy with cochlear implants. Here are insightful statistics on deafness and cochlear implants that appear at the end of the story:
According to the Food and Drug Administration’s 2005 data, nearly 100,000 people worldwide have received cochlear implants.
In the United States, roughly 22,000 adults and nearly 15,000 children have received them.
Cochlear implants were first approved by the FDA in the United States in 1985 for adults and in 1990 for children.
Since 1990, the North Texas Cochlear Implant Program has given about 350 children cochlear implants.
About 1 in every 1,000 infants is born deaf. Another 1 in every 1,000 infants has a hearing impairment significant enough to make speaking difficult.
More than half of all deafness or hearing impairment is believed to have genetic cause(s). Recessive hearing impairment accounts for the largest portion of deafness or hearing impairment.
About 90 percent of infants who are born deaf are born to hearing parents.
Sources: Callier Center for Communication Disorders and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Interestingly enough, I went to House Ear Institute in 1984 to learn about cochlear implants. At the time, they were not FDA-approved (stats say 1985) and only had a few channels.