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ISRN Otolaryngology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 565096, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/565096
Research Article

Performance of Indian Children with Cochlear Implant on PEACH Scale

1Department of Speech and Hearing, ERC, AYJNIHH, B.T. Road, Bon Hooghly, Kolkata 700090, India
2NIEPMD, East Coast Road, Kovalam Post, Muttukadu, Tamil Nadu, Chennai 603112, India
3All India Institute of Speech & Hearing (AIISH), Manasagangothri, Mysore 57000, India
4Astra Hearing Care Centre, Unit No. 5, Iswarya Laxmi Plaza, K. K. Nagar, Tamil Nadu, Madurai 625020, India

Received 14 December 2012; Accepted 19 January 2013

Academic Editors: D. C. Alpini, B. Black, and J. H. Frijns

Copyright © 2013 Suman Kumar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study compares the functional language performance of Tamil-speaking children ( ) who received a cochlear implant (CI) before 2 years of age (earlier implanted group: EIG) and between 3 and 4 years of age (later implanted group: LIG). Everyday functional language of children was evaluated by interviewing parents using the adapted Parents’ Evaluation of Aural/Oral Performance of Children (PEACH) Questionnaire in Tamil language. On average, both groups of children had difficulties in everyday language functioning. However, functional results of EIG were better than those of LIG. In addition significant correlations were found between age at intervention and PEACH score. The evidence lends support to early intervention increasing the functional performance of the children fitted with CI. PEACH can be a clinically feasible evaluation tool to implement in practice for clinicians to obtain meaningful information regarding children’s auditory performance in real life at childhood.