Originally Posted by jillio
Just because 5 out of 39 deaf children later contracted meningitis does not prove cause and effect. And, I would say for deafness to increase the risk of meningitis would be dependent quite a bit on eitiology and possible malformations withinthe ear structure itself. Theefore, not all forms of deafness would translate to an increased risk of meningitis for all deaf children. And,e ven if deafness increased the risk for meningitis in and of itself, then surgery on top of an already increased risk would even further increase the risk.
Oh yeah, I agree but they don't even know yet what etiologies are causing the apparent corelation and why. I guess my point is that when statistics about CIs and children have been presented before, the children have been compared to hearing children, which I feel is not quite comparing apples with apples in terms of assessing how much additional risk is created and whether it's a small risk or a significant one.
It also does show that this is an area that is currently poorly understood and much more research needs to be done.