Cochlear Implantation and Quality of Life in Deafness

  • G. W. J. A. Damen
  • E. A. M. Mylanus
  • A. F. M. Snik
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In this chapter the assessment of quality of life in deaf people with a  Cochlear Implant (CI) is discussed. First the background on this topic is elaborated on in the introduction. In the main text, the history of cochlear implantation and the system of a cochlear implant are depicted and shortly some indications to implant are given. The actual part in which the quality of life in CI patients is discussed, can be divided in several parts. At the outset, the overall quality of life in this particular population is mentioned together with some results. Afterwards, diverse disease specific instruments for the field of cochlear implantation are mentioned. Hereby we discuss the instrument itself, the statistics, the results and conclude with why to (or not to) use the instrument in the CI population. The instruments that are pointed out are: the Assessment of Mainstream Performance (AMP), the Glasgow (Children’s) Benefit Inventory (G-C-BI), the Nijmegen Cochlear Implant Questionnaire (NCIQ), the Parental Perspectives (PP) and the Screening Instrument For Targeting Educational Risk (SIFTER). Finally, some of the widely used generic instruments in CI recipients are given. The most important are the medical outcome study Short Form 36 (SF36), the Health Utility Index mark 3 (HUI3) and the Pediatrics Quality of Life (PedsQL). Recommendations are given in the end.


Cochlear Implantation Deaf Child Health Utility Index Cochlear Implant User Parental Perspective 

List of Abbreviations:


assessment of mainstream performance


assessment of mainstream performance elementary school


assessment of mainstream performance kindergarten


cochlear implant


deciBel hearing level


Food and Drug Administration


Glasgow benefit inventory


Glasgow children’s benefit inventory


hearing aid


health related quality of life


health utility index mark 2


health utility index mark 3


mental component summary score


Nijmegen cochlear implant questionnaire


physical component summary score (PCS)


pediatrics quality of life


parental perspectives questionnaire


quality of life


standard deviation


medical outcome study Short Form 36


Screening Identification For Targeting Educational Risk


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. W. J. A. Damen
    • 1
  • E. A. M. Mylanus
    • 1
  • A. F. M. Snik
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity Medical Centre Sint RadboudNijmegenThe Netherlands

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