Bilateral Cochlear Implantation in Children: Long-Term Outcome in the Adult Population With Special Emphasis on the Bilateral Benefit.
To investigate the benefit of bilateral cochlear implantation in adults, who had been implanted being a child under the age of 10 years.Retrospective data analysis.Tertiary referral center with a large cochlear implant program.Speech understanding in the Freiburg monosyllabic words in quiet and the HSM sentence test in quiet and in background noise.Seventy-seven bilaterally cochlear implantation implanted adults.Bilateral cochlear implantation in children under the age of 10 years results in a significant benefit in speech comprehension in adulthood. In addition, a dependency regarding the time between the implantations and speech intelligibility was found.The results emphasize the benefit of bilateral cochlear implantation with a short interval between the operations in young children not only during formative years but also in adulthood.
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Authors: Desiree Ehrmann-Müller, Wafaa Shehata-Dieler, Anja Kurz, Heike Kühn, Rudolf Hagen, Kristen Rak