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Time to rethink old advice?

In high-income countries, where they can diagnose deafness and give cochlear implants during infancy, is it time to rethink old advice?
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In high-income countries, hospitals use modern technology to diagnose deaf and hard of hearing infants soon after birth. Many deaf and hard of hearing children in the same countries receive cochlear implants when they are very young. The authors of this article argue that it is time to rethink old advice about bilingual education for deaf and hard of hearing children. They acknowledge that children with cochlear implants benefit from using sign language. But they also argue that a bilingual education may be less important for some children with implants. They make recommendations for improving the quality of bilingual education.

The web page is partly accessible for people using screen reading software, but with some difficulty. Images use alternative text to describe them for people who cannot see. But forms may be labeled in a way that is confusing for people using screen reading software. The article published in 2012.

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