Title: 'Bimodal Benefit for Children: Pushing The Envelope'
Track: 2 - Audiological Services
Keyword(s): Pushing the Envelope - Cochlear Implantation
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify cochlear implant candidates who may not meet all of the FDA criteria.
  2. Describe the benefits children have when using a cochlear implant and hearing aid together


Traditionally, cochlear implantation is recommended for children who have a severe to profound hearing loss with less then 30% accuracy with aided word recognition bilaterally. The current candidacy guidelines do not include children who have little to no benefit from a hearing aid in one ear and have good benefit from a hearing aid in the other ear. These children should not have to wait until they become a “cochlear implant candidate” to reap the benefits of hearing binaurally. Research shows us that central summation along with listening in noise and localization are all improved when listening with both ears. Research has also taught us when we can take advantage of acoustical stimulation with electrical stimulation, people have a better appreciation of music, do better in noise and localize better. These are advantages children with hearing losses not falling within the FDA guidelines for cochlear implantation could benefit from when receiving a cochlear implant in one ear a hearing aid in the other ear. This presentation with describe clinical cases of children whose hearing was better than the FDA recommendation for cochlear implantation in at least one ear; however, their ability to function and learn language was not adequate and their outcomes after implantation.
Presentation: Poster_ElizabethPreston_1513.pdf

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Elizabeth Preston - Primary Presenter,POC
Utah State University
     Credentials: AuD
     Other Affiliations: Utah State University
      Elizabeth Preston, AuD, is an assistant clinical professor and pediatric audiologist at Utah State University. She provides direct services (diagnostic assessment, amplification, cochlear implant mapping, and newborn hearing screening), provides graduate student supervision, and teaches the Electrophysiology course. She also serves the children enrolled in Sound Beginnings, an auditory oral early intervention program and preschool for children who have hearing loss at USU. In this role, she collaborates closely with the teacher's and the speech language pathologists to provide comprehensive and coordinated services.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.