J Am Acad Audiol 2016; 27(05): 380-387
DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.15039
American Academy of Audiology. All rights reserved. (2016) American Academy of Audiology

The Effect of the Arabic Computer Rehabilitation Program “Rannan” on Sound Detection and Discrimination in Children with Cochlear Implants

Abdulrahman Hagr
Soha N Garadat
Sabah M Hassan
Khalid Malki
Yousef Al Ohali
Najwa Al Ghamdi
Abeer Al Nafjan
Ayna Al Masaad
Sara Al Hamid
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Publication Date:
06 August 2020 (online)

Purpose: The aim of this work is to examine the efficacy of using computer-based training program (Rannan) as an intervention approach to enhance sound detection and discrimination in Arabic-speaking children with cochlear implants (CIs).

Research Design: A prospective study comparing performance between two groups of children. Participants were divided into two equal groups that were matched in age and programming strategies. Group I received the traditional clinic-based therapy and group II received the same traditional therapy approach in addition to a computer-based program.

Study Sample: A total of 26 children with CIs in the age range of 3–6.5 yr were recruited from King Abdulaziz University Hospital.

Data Collection and Analysis: Listening Progress Profile and Infant–Toddler Meaningful Integration Scale were used preoperatively, and to compare performance between the two groups at 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-mo after device-fitting. Data were subjected to mixed analysis of variance.

Results: Both assessment tools (Listening Progress Profile and Infant–Toddler Meaningful Integration Scale) revealed that group II scored higher than group I.

Conclusion: The study demonstrated that using computer-based training in addition to the traditional rehabilitation therapy can serve as a facilitative tool to enhance the benefit achieved from CI.