Journal article

Can adolescents and young adults with prelingual hearing loss benefit from a second, sequential cochlear implant?

Karyn Louise Galvin, Kathryn Clare Hughes, Mansze Mok



This study aimed to determine if adolescents/young adults gained additional perceptual benefit from sequential bilateral cochlear implants within 12 months, and to document adaptation to the second implant. Assessments comprised a pediatric version of The Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ), anecdotal reports of device use and daily listening, and the Adaptive Spondee Discrimination Test (AdSpon). All nine participants achieved full-time use of, a preference for, and superior daily listening with, bilateral implants. Eight participants were comfortable using the second implant alone, and two achieved similar daily listening with either implant alone. SSQ ratings were higher ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are very grateful to the children and families who participated, and to the clinicians and surgeons of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Cochlear Implant Clinic who provided audiological and medical care. Thanks are also due to Dr David Grayden for writing the AdSpon software; Dr Richard van Hoesel for providing the localization software and helpful comments in the early planning stages; and Mark Harrison for technical support. Financial support for this work was provided by The University of Melbourne's Department of Otolaryngology; The Bionic Ear Institute, Melbourne; The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne; The William Angliss Foundation; and The Collier Fund.