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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-23

Parental knowledge and understanding of monitoring and maintenance of cochlear implant under ADIP scheme

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan), Regional Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Palash Dutta
Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan), Regional Centre, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jisha.JISHA_12_19

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Introduction: The present study was carried out to assess the parental information about cochlear implant (CI) monitoring and maintenance. Methods: A questionnaire was developed during the study period aimed toward assessing parental knowledge, perception, and information with respect to CI monitoring and maintenance. This questionnaire was used to interview the parents of children implanted under the assistance to disabled persons for purchase/fitting of aids and appliances (ADIP) scheme. 30 parents of cochlear implantees were interveiwed in this study. The feedbacks of the parents were recorded and later analyzed to compute the results. Results: The results showed a good internal consistency between the questions with a Cronbach's alpha value >0.7. The results are suggestive of the need for better training programs postimplantation for parents as these could aid in the reduction of maintenance costs in the form of replacement of parts and troubleshooting appointments. Conclusion: The study showed a poor knowledge and understanding of cochlear implant in parents and showed a need for better training programs and counselling.

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