Bilateral cochlear implantation is regarded as very beneficial: results from a worldwide survey by online questionnaire
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.
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.
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.
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.
KeywordsBilateral cochlear implant Paediatric cochlear implant Sequential cochlear implant Simultaneous cochlear implant
We would like to thank all the clinics who completed and returned the questionnaire. Michael Todd (MED-EL) provided medical writing services on a version of this article.
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Conflict of interest
The study is conducted by members of HEARRING, which is logistically supported by MED-EL. The authors have received research grants from MEDEL. The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
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