February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


  |  Factors That Influence Device Selection By Parents of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Candidates

Factors That Influence Device Selection By Parents of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Candidates

The purpose of this study was to investigate factors/variables and the importance of those factors during cochlear implant (CI) device selection by parents of recent pediatric CI recipients in the United States. Researchers created an electronic survey and asked audiologists and hearing-related professionals at various hospitals and CI centers across the U.S to distribute the survey link to the parents of any of their pediatric CI patients who received CI surgery within the past two years under the age of five years. The survey included Likert-type and open-ended questions regarding the importance of various factors/variables to the parents during their child’s CI device selection. Results of the study found that the participants ranked the reported reliability and speech perception performance of the respective manufacturer’s CI device as the most important factors. Individually, the parents of Cochlear Ltd., recipients found recommendations from others and the popular brand of the company to be most important; based on a limited sample, parents of Advanced Bionics recipients found the CI device’s water-proof capabilities to be most important; and also based on a limited sample, parents of MED-EL recipients found the reported speech perception performance to be most important.

  • Participants will be able to list several of the factors/variables and the perceived importance of those factors in cochlear implant device selection.
  • Participants will be able to rank order the categories of the decision making variables for CI device selection -- device aesthetics, speech perception performance, history of device complications, manufacturer-specific marketing, and the rehabilitation services of each manufacturer.
  • Participants will be able to report on the information resources made available to them and if the manufacturer's media/marketing influenced their decision-making.

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Avital Westreich (), College of Wooster; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, dgoldberg@wooster.edu;
Avital Westreich, B.A., is a graduate of the College of Wooster (Class of 2017), and intends to enter an Au.D. program in the Fall 2018.


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Zachary Moore (), College of Wooster, zmoore16@wooster.edu;
Mr. Moore is a 2016 graduate of the College of Wooster (Ohio). This project is the work of his Senior Independent Study (I.S.) thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Goldberg. Mr. Moore is currently enrolled in his first year of the Au.D. program at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida


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