ISSN 2667-7466 | E-ISSN 2667-7474
Original Article
Audit of Bilateral Simultaneous Cochlear Implantation in Pediatric Population: South Indian Study
1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra, India  
2 Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, India  
Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56: 36-41
DOI: 10.5152/tao.2018.2804
Key Words: Medical audit, bilateral hearing loss, cochlear implantation, auditory perception, speech intelligibility
Abstract

 

Objective: To conduct a medical audit of bilateral simultaneous cochlear implantation (CI) in patients with severe prelingual sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

 

Methods: A medical audit of a tertiary care ear, nose, and throat center in Southern India was conducted on data collected from January 2007 to December 2014. All cochlear implantees <6 years of age with severe bilateral SNHL who underwent bilateral simultaneous CI were included in the present study. The exclusion criteria were children >6 years, sequential bilateral CI, revision cases, abnormal or malformed cochlea, and children with global developmental delay in milestones. Subjective outcome scores used were Category of Auditory Performance (CAP) and Speech Intelligibility Rating (SIR).

 

Results: The CAP and SIR results showed that 20% of implantees achieved peak scores of 7 and 5, respectively. Mean CAP and SIR scores at 12 months were 5.4 and 3.1, respectively.

 

Conclusion: The present study supports the claim that bilateral CI in severe prelingual bilateral SNHL is better than unilateral and recommends that bilateral CI should be the standard of care in children.

 

Cite this article as: Kumari A, Goyal S, Chauhan N, T S, R KC, Kameswaran M. Audit of Bilateral Simultaneous Cochlear Implantation in Pediatric Population: South Indian Study. Turk Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2018; 56: 36-41.

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