Journal Article

Searching for Cochlear Implant Information on the Internet Maze: Implications for Parents and Professionals

Anat Zaidman-Zait and Janet R. Jamieson

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 9, issue 4, pages 413-426
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enh046
Searching for Cochlear Implant Information on the Internet Maze: Implications for Parents and Professionals

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The present study has three purposes: (a) to determine who disseminates information on cochlear implants on the Web; (b) to describe a representative sample of Web sites that disseminate information on cochlear implants, with a focus on the content topics and their relevance to parents of deaf children; and (c) to discuss the practical issues of Web-based information and its implications for professionals working with parents of deaf children. Using the terms “cochlear implants” and “children,” the first 10 sites generated by the four most popular search engines (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN, and America Online) at two points in time were selected for analysis, resulting in a sample of 31 Web sites. The majority of Web sites represented medically oriented academic departments and government organizations, although a wide variety of other sources containing information about cochlear implants were also located. Qualitative analysis revealed that the content tended to fall into eight categories; however, the important issues of educational concerns, habilitation following surgery, and communication methods were either addressed minimally or neglected completely. Using analytical tools that had been developed to evaluate “user friendliness” in other domains, each Web site was assessed for its stability, service/design features and ease of use. In general, wide variability was noted across the Web sites for each of these factors. The strong recommendation is made that professionals understand and enhance their knowledge of both the advantages and limitations of incorporating the new technology into their work with parents.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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