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Balance in Children with Cochlear Implants

Given the important role that the vestibular system plays in maintaining balance we need to understand how cochlear implants and other children with hearing devices are able to maintain an upright posture. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the effect of varying degrees of hearing loss on static and dynamic balance in children with and without normal hearing. Balance performance will be analyzed using three different methods: BOT-2 test, Y-balance test, and standing balance through use of a force plate.