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Speech Audiometry: The Critical Tool in Determining Cochlear Implant Candidacy and Review of Cochlear Implants Indication



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Since the 1980s, cochlear implants offer people with profound hearing loss opportunities to restore hearing. In the past forty years, the technology of cochlear implants has been advanced with slimmer electrode arrays and multifunctional processors. Cochlear implant users therefore perform better in speech perception in various listening conditions. In addition, the candidacy criteria have also become flexible in recent years. However, cochlear implants may not be the best solution for everyone. In fact, careful and comprehensive evaluation before implantation and ongoing dedicated rehabilitation after are two crucial factors successful outcome. Teamwork includes not only the transdisciplinary professionals and the cochlear implant user, but also the family members. Moreover, the benefits of cochlear implantation for children with hearing loss have also been widely discussed. Studies indicated that children with hearing loss who are supported by proper intervention can achieve comparable performance to their normal hearing peers. However, there are still many limitations of cochlear implants, and many considerations are necessary before implantation. This article reviews the influencing factors and candidacy criteria of cochlear implants for children, as well as discusses speech perception assessments, critical tools for evaluating cochlear implant prognosis.

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Speech audiometry Cochlear implants


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