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07.01.2019 | Otology | Ausgabe 3/2019

European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology 3/2019

Bilateral cochlear implantation is regarded as very beneficial: results from a worldwide survey by online questionnaire

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European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology > Ausgabe 3/2019
Autoren:
Kristen Rak, Johannes Völker, Philipp Schendzielorz, Wafaa Shehata-Dieler, Andreas Radeloff, Rudolf Hagen
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The online version of this article (https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s00405-018-05271-x) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Abstract

Purpose

Bilateral cochlear implant (CI) provision is now widely regarded as the most beneficial hearing intervention for acceptable candidates. This study sought to determine if a number of well-regarded hearing professionals at highly reputable clinics shared similar practices and beliefs regarding bilateral CI provision, use, and rehabilitation in children and adults.

Methods

An 11-question online questionnaire was created and distributed to all 27 clinics in the HEARRING group. Questions 1–5 asked for facts; questions 6–11 asked for opinions.

Results

20 completed questionnaires were returned. All 20 respondents reported that their clinics perform bilateral cochlear implantation in children; 18 do so in adults. Regarding the fact-based questions, bilateral CI provision is more commonly performed and more likely to be reimbursed in children than in adults. Children are also much more likely to be implanted simultaneously than are adults. Regarding the opinion-based questions, respondents gave broadly similar answers. Communication between the CIs and speech coding strategies specifically developed for bilateral CI users were regarded as the two future technologies that would most enhance the benefit of bilateral CI use.

Conclusions

Most clinics in the HEARRING group are very familiar with bilateral CI provision and hold similar opinions on its results and benefits. Hopefully the results described herein will lead to a greater acceptance and regular reimbursement of bilateral CI provision, especially in adults.

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