ISSN 1308-7649 | E-ISSN 2148-3817
Case Report
Cochlear Implantation in a Patient with Kabuki Syndrome
1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands  
J Int Adv Otol 2016; 12: 129-131
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2016.2004
Key Words: Kabuki syndrome, cochlear implantation, intellectual disability, hearing loss
Abstract

Criteria for cochlear implants are expanding and now include children with disabilities in addition to hearing loss, such as those with Kabuki syndrome (KS). This case report describes language outcomes and changes in the quality of life of a female child with KS after cochlear implantation. The subject had a profound progressive sensorineural hearing loss, cognitive impairments, and other disabilities and communicated using vocalized sounds and the Dutch Sign Language. After cochlear implantation at an age of nine years and three months, the patient displayed no progress in speech production and minimal progress in receptive language development, but she had an increased awareness of the world and an increase in the quality of life. 

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