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Cochlear Implant Basics

Clark T, Szarkowski A, Mullen C. “Building blocks in intervention – hearing loss in children 0-3 years.” 2009. An on-line series of seminars available at:http://childrenshospital.org/buildingblocks

Introducing Cochlear Implants. Audiological informational DVD produced for patients’ use together with BU Hothouse Productions, courtesy of Caroline Bass Fund, 2008.

Rodriguez P, Clark T, Kammerer B, Neault M, Rao S, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. “Hearing Loss Experience Journal”. Boston (MA): Boston Children's Hospital; 2007. An on-line, computer-based intervention for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Available at: http://www.experiencejournal.com/hearingloss

Neault, M. Introduction to Cochlear Implants. Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention, Sturbridge, MA, July 13-15, 2007.

Neault MW. The one-eared listener: pitfalls and props. Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention, Sturbridge, MA, July 17, 2005.

Neault MW and Sorkin D. Referring children for cochlear implants: when, why, why? Instructional Course, Annual Convention, American Academy of Audiology, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2, 2004.

Neault MW, Seaton J, Franck F, Chute P. Collaborative management for children with cochlear implants. Instructional Course, Annual Convention, American Academy of Audiology, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2, 2004.

Neault MW. Children with cochlear Implants: current information and research. New England Center Deafblind Project Conference: Successful Audiological Management of Children who are Deafblind or who have Multiple Disabilities. Watertown, MA: Perkins School for the Blind, April 7, 2004.

Neault MW. Beating the odds: converting ESPrit 3G for Nucleus 22. Case study, Nucleus Report, Cochlear Americas, October/November 2003, 4-5.

Neault MW. Introduction to Cochlear Implants. Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention, Sturbridge, MA, July 11, 2003.

Neault MW. Cochlear implants: pediatric issues. Annual conference, Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Boxborough, MA, May 5, 2003.

Beiter A, Neault MW, Gordon K. Early identification, intervention, and cochlear implants in infants. American Academy of Audiology, Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA, April 19, 2002.

Neault MW. Cochlear implants: answers and questions. Northeast Regional Cochlear Implant Family Retreat, Sturbridge, MA, June 29, 2001.

Neault MW. Cochlear implants: children learning to listen and speak. Workshop sponsored by Advocates for Deaf Oral Programs (ADOP), Portland, ME, October 2, 1998.

Neault MW. Cochlear implants for children: technology and candidacy update. Annual convention, Rhode Island chapter, American Academy of Audiology, September 26, 1998.

Neault MW. Demystifying the cochlear implant: overview, mapping and troubleshooting. Presented at conference. Cochlear implants: children, families, and language. Providence, RI, April 25, 1998.

Neault MW. Audiology and speech/language management for children with cochlear implants. Panel presentation, Cochlear Implant Club International, Annual Convention, Sturbridge, MA, June 30, 1997.

Bray MA, Neault MW, Kenna M. Cochlear implantation in children. In AJ Micheli (editor), Advances and Emerging Topics in Perioperative Pediatric Nursing. Nursing Clinics of North America; 1997, 32(1). p. 97-107.

FM Systems and Assistive Listening Devices

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Neault, M. FM Amplification for Cochlear Implant Users: A Practical Primer. Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention, Sturbridge, MA, July 13-15, 2007.

Neault MW. Personal FM for Cochlear Implants. Workshop, Applications of FM Educational Amplification, Phonak, Inc., Portland, ME, October 21, 2004.

Neault MW. Hearing helpers for cochlear implant users: assistive listening devices in and after school. Northeast Regional Cochlear Implant Family Retreat, Sturbridge, MA, July 17, 1999.

Neault MW. Sound field FM systems: bringing voices to your ear. CONTACT (Journal of the Cochlear Implant Club International), 1998:12(1):24-29.

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Cochlear Implants and Auditory Neuropathy

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Neault, M. Neural hearing loss: help from hearing technology. American Academy of Audiology, Annual Convention, Featured Session, April 3, 2008.

Neault M, Johnston J, Stevens K, West K, Kenna M. Auditory Dys-Synchrony of Infancy: Best Practices for Cochlear Implant (CI) Consideration. Podium presentation, CI2007 International Cochlear Implant Conference, Charlotte, NC, April 11-14, 2007.

Neault MW, Kenna M. Auditory dys-synchrony of infancy: implications for implantation. Podium presentation, CI2003 Convention on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation, Washington, DC, April 24, 2003.

Neault MW. Cochlear implants for children with auditory neuropathy: who, why and when. RIHAP 7th Annual Seminar, Providence, RI, March 12, 2001.

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Bilateral Cochlear Implantation

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Neault M. Bilateral cochlear implants: how are the children doing? Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention, Sturbridge, MA, July 13-15, 2007.

Neault MW. Bilateral cochlear implants: two for you? AG Bell Association for the Deaf, Annual Conference, Farmington, Ct., May 7, 2005.

Neault MW. Pediatric bilateral case study. Case study, Nucleus Report, Cochlear Americas, 2004.

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Predicting Outcomes

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Neault M, Kammerer B, Clark T, O’Brien L, Kenna M, Licameli G. Pre-implant rating scale for prediction of outcome with sequential bilateral cochlear implantation in children. Poster, CI2007 International Cochlear Implant Conference, Charlotte, NC, April 11-14, 2007.

Clark T, Johnston J, Nussbaum A, O’Brien L, Kammerer B. “Functional outcomes in medically complex children who receive cochlear implants”. Poster, 11th International Conference on Cochlear Implants in Children, Charlotte, NC April 2007.

Kammerer B, Clark T, Neault M, O’Brien L, Johnston J, Licameli G, Kenna M. Predictors of cochlear implant use in late implanted children and adolescents. Poster session, CI2005 Conference, Dallas, Tx, March 17, 2005.

Johnston, J., Kammerer, B. Clark, T. “Language and communication modality as predictors of outcomes in deaf children receiving cochlear implants before three years of age” SRCD Society for Research in Child Development Atlanta, GA, 2005.

Kammerer, B. and Clark, T. “Communication outcomes in young children with cochlear implants related to communication modality and neurological/developmental risk factors” podium presentation, NHS International Conference on Newborn Hearing Screening, Como, Italy, 2004.

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Medical Issues of Implantation

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Licameli G, Zhou G, Kenna MA. Disturbance of vestibular function attributable to cochlear implantation in children. Laryngoscope. 2009 Apr;119(4):740-5.

Licameli G, Neault M, Stevens K, Kenna MA. Surgical complications in pediatric cochlear implantation. Poster session, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Chicago, May 20-22, 2006.

Neault M, O’Brien L, Rimmer D, Licameli G, Kenna M. Effect of cochlear implantation on static admittance of the middle ear. CI2005 Conference, Dallas, Tx, March 17, 2005.

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Non-Print Public Educational Activities

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A Sound Decision. 17 minute video of interviews with teenage cochlear implant users, to provide information on cochlear implants to other teenagers, 2005.

Cybersenses. Episode of television series Scientific American Frontiers, on cochlear implants for children, hosted by Alan Alda, filmed by PBS and aired 2005.

Growing Up Different: Each Sound is a Present. Episode of television series Scientific American Frontiers, on cochlear implants for children, hosted by Alan Alda, filmed by PBS and aired 2002.

Implant demonstration included in the Star Wars Technology exhibit at the Museum of Science, Boston.

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Staff Experience

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Staff Presentations, publications, and research interests related to Cochlear Implants

  • Outcome of cochlear implant use in children with hearing loss caused by meningitis.
  • Incidence of complications following cochlear implantation.
  • Cultural influences on cochlear implant evaluations and expectations.
  • Benefit provided by one versus two cochlear implants.
  • Prediction of outcomes in children implanted as adolescents.
  • Candidacy and outcomes of cochlear implantation for children with auditory dys-synchrony.
  • Effect of the cochlear implant on the function of the middle ear.
  • All "Presentations and Publications" related to Cochlear Implants

Current Projects

Accessing Audition through a Cochlear Implant: Webinar produced by Boston Children's Hospital for parents and therapy providers

In conjunction with the Augmentative Communication Program at Boston Children's, the Cochlear Implant Program is developing educational software modifications to assist children with cochlear implants in using computer software to help them learn to listen and read.

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