More effective cochlear implant (CI) clinical practices could result from consideration of individualized electrode array type (precurved vs. straight) as well as individual electrode position, resultant auditory perception, and device wear time in an attempt to maximize the number of spatially selective channels and auditory outcomes for each listener. This course will cover recent research completed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center combining audiological assessment, image processing, and application of individualized programming aimed at improving outcomes for adult CI recipients.
Course created on January 9, 2020
- After this course learners will be able to describe expected CI outcomes by a large clinical population without knowledge of electrode location and device wear time and compare this broad range of variability to what we could expect with more knowledge of individualized variables.
- After this course learners will be able to describe differences between classic literature and newer studies providing evidence for greater channel specificity in modern-day CI recipients with precurved electrode arrays localized in scala tympani.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the potential beneficial effects of a well-placed precurved electrode array (such as CI632) on upper stimulation levels, spectral resolution, and speech recognition in quiet and noise.
|5-10 Minutes||Introductions to Perimodiolar Arrays/Slim Modiolar and image processing of pre- and post-operative CT scans to determine scalar location and electrode-to-modiolus distance|
|10-20 Minutes||Chakrovarti et al Study (2018)—statistical modeling of CI auditory outcomes for various electrode types, patient characteristics, and scalar insertion outcomes|
|20-30 Minutes||Holder et al Study (2019)—matched-cohort comparison of straight and precurved electrode recipients|
|30-40 Minutes||Berg et al Study (2019)—channel independence studies|
|40-45 Minutes||Wear Time Publications in adults: Holder et al. (2019)|
|45-55 Minutes||Best Practices/Clinical Applications & clinical tips for programming and counseling current patients|
Rene Gifford, PhD, CCC-A
René H. Gifford, Ph.D, CCC-A, is a Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the medical center as well as the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory. Her NIH-funded research investigates auditory perception and spatial hearing abilities for individuals using combined electric and acoustic stimulation (EAS), hearing preservation with cochlear implantation, as well as the impact of peripheral auditory processing on speech, language, and literacy for children with cochlear implants. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and authored a book, now in its 2nd edition, entitled “Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes.”
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Cochlear Americas in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on the following specific products or services: straight electrode arrays and precurved electrode arrays (though all manufacturers are included, two of the studies discussed only included Cochlear devices; but those studies were not funded by Cochlear)
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