A case study of the first deaf-blind patient implanted with a Nucleus 22 channel cochlear prosthesis is presented. The patient's preimplant evaluation data, using a powerful hearing aid and vibro-tactile device, are compared with results obtained 8 months postimplant. Preimplant testing indicated no consistent response to sound. Postimplant testing showed ability to comprehend some open set speech with hearing alone through the cochlear implant including ability to utilize the telephone without a code system. The postimplant data suggest potential benefit for other postlingually deaf-blind individuals from multichannel cochlear stimulation.
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