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Kileny, Paul R. Ph.D.1,2; Kemink, John L. M.D.1; Zimmerman-Phillips, Susan M.S.1

Clinical Vignette

ABSTRACT The resources and areas of expertise necessary to establish and maintain a successful children's cochlear implant program is discussed. Insights based on experience with a pediatric patient population are presented.

1Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Presented to the FDA panel on the pre-market approval of the Cochlear Corporation multi-electrode cochlear implant for children, November 13, 1989.

Supported in part by NIH grant #P01 NS21440.

2Reprint requests: Paul R. Kileny, Ph.D., CCC-A, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan Hospitals, TC-1904, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0312

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© 1991, The American Journal of Otology, Inc.