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The Effect of the Arabic Computer Rehabilitation Program “Rannan” on Sound Detection and Discrimination in Children with Cochlear Implants

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Purpose:

The aim of this work is to examine the efficacy of using computer-based training program (Rannan) as an intervention approach to enhance sound detection and discrimination in Arabic-speaking children with cochlear implants (CIs).

Research Design:

A prospective study comparing performance between two groups of children. Participants were divided into two equal groups that were matched in age and programming strategies. Group I received the traditional clinic-based therapy and group II received the same traditional therapy approach in addition to a computer-based program.

Study Sample:

A total of 26 children with CIs in the age range of 3‐6.5 yr were recruited from King Abdulaziz University Hospital.

Data Collection and Analysis:

Listening Progress Profile and Infant‐Toddler Meaningful Integration Scale were used preoperatively, and to compare performance between the two groups at 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-mo after device-fitting. Data were subjected to mixed analysis of variance.

Results:

Both assessment tools (Listening Progress Profile and Infant‐Toddler Meaningful Integration Scale) revealed that group II scored higher than group I.

Conclusion:

The study demonstrated that using computer-based training in addition to the traditional rehabilitation therapy can serve as a facilitative tool to enhance the benefit achieved from CI.
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Keywords: auditory rehabilitation; cochlear implants; computer-based training; speech perception

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2016

This article was made available online on December 22, 2015 as a Fast Track article with title: "The Effect of the Arabic Computer Rehabilitation Program “Rannan” on Sound Detection and Discrimination in Children with Cochlear Implants".

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