Mini Module - Amplification and Implantable Hearing Devices
Implantable Hearing Devices (IHD)
Instructional Level: Fundamental
Cochlear implants are the most effective treatment for patients who cannot benefit from traditional amplification. While the majority of cochlear implant recipients demonstrate improvement in hearing, outcomes vary. The inability to predict performance causes difficulty for counseling patients regarding realistic expectations. This can lead to misalignment between objective and subjective performance. Considerations of social and emotional factors play a role in the management of a cochlear implant patient. Case studies will be presented to illustrate the extreme variances in performance.