Marina Radić-Šestić, Mia Šešum, Ljubica Isaković, Biljana Milanović-Dobrota

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The paper examines the experiences of parents of deaf and hard of hearing children related to the decision-making process about the cochlear implant, as well as their satisfaction with the outcomes of cochlear implantation. The research was carried out on the sample of 77 examinees of both sexes whose children are rehabilitated at “Children’s House” at the Clinical Hospital Centre in Belgrade, as well at schools for deaf and hard of hearing children in Kragujevac, Subotica and Niš. The questionnaire entitled Children with Cochlear Implants: Parental Perspectives was used for the purpose of the research. The results of the research indicate that parents had moderate difficulties in the process of deciding on cochlear implantation and that they were relatively satisfied with the outcome of the implantation. The age of children and the age at which the cochlear implantation has been performed are not related to the process of deciding on cochlear implantation, although this variable correlates with the contentment with the outcome of the implantation.          


parents, hearing impairment, cochlear implant, deaf and hard-of-hearing children, rehabilitation

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