Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 215 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Aug-2003
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Children with cochlear implants at increased risk for bacterial meningitis
Children with a cochlear implant have a greater risk of developing pneumococcal (Streptococcus pneumoniae) meningitis compared to children in the general population, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others published in the July 31 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  more

Pneumococcal vaccination for cochlear implant candidates and recipients: Updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
CDC issued new recommendations on the basis of preliminary data suggesting an increased risk for pneumococcal meningitis in persons with cochlear implants. Findings of a recent investigation by CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state health departments support this recommendation. Children aged < 6 years with a cochlear implant had a substantially greater risk for having pneumococcal meningitis, compared with children in the general U.S. population of the same age. more


Information for patients: Cochlear implants
A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. The implant is surgically placed under the skin behind the ear.  more

Information for patients: Cochlear implants continued...
A cochlear implant is really a new way of hearing. The cochlear implant goes around the dead hair cells that can no longer transmit sound, and directly stimulates the hearing nerve. This is the nerve that takes sound signals to the brain. The nerve is called the auditory nerve (or the eighth nerve). more

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement: Cochlear implants in adults and children
The objective of this consensus statement is to provide clinicians and other health care providers with a current consensus on the benefits, limitations, and technical and safety issues that need to be considered in the use of cochlear implants.  more

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