The purpose of the present study was to suggest the trends and directions of future research in the field of cochlear implants (CIs) by
synthesizing the related articles in the field. A total of 168 articles published between 2000 and 2011 was examined in light of time
and a type of journals which have been previously published, main topics of research, research subjects and research methodology.
The results of this study were as follows: First, research on CI were published in a total of 23 journals. Especially, they were
concentrated in Korean Journal of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Journal of Speech-Language & Hearing Disorders,
Audiology and Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences. Second, main topics of the research were auditory performance,
articulation and phonology and language development. Third, research subjects in most studies were children. Fourth, investigational
studies were much more than the experimental studies. Based on these results, implications for future studies on CI were discussed in