16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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  |  Are "Two Ears Better Than One": An Examination of the Decision-Making Process of CI Audiologists When Deciding on Bilateral Sequential or Bilateral Simultaneous CIs For Their Pediatric Patients

Are "Two Ears Better Than One": An Examination of the Decision-Making Process of CI Audiologists When Deciding on Bilateral Sequential or Bilateral Simultaneous CIs For Their Pediatric Patients

This study was designed to examine the decision-making process of cochlear implant audiologists in the United States who treat pediatric bilateral cochlear implant candidates. An electronic survey was developed in order to identify the most important factors that audiologists consider when choosing between bilateral sequential or bilateral simultaneous cochlear implants for pediatric recipients. The results of the study indicated that all of the participants valued binaural hearing. Additionally, most of the audiologists primarily worked with sequentially implanted patients, and the most common interval between the first and second cochlear implant surgeries was less than one year. Overall, the audiologists were more likely to recommend bilateral sequential to their future patients. This was not to say that the audiologists did not recognize the benefit of bilateral simultaneous cochlear implants. Additional research should be completed to more specifically identify the most common interval for sequential cochlear implants.

  • Participants will be able to describe the distinctions among the terms: unilateral, bilateral, bimodal, simultaneous versus sequential Cochlear Implants.
  • Participants will be able to list several of the factors CI Audiologists have reported when making a recommendation of simultaneous versus sequential CI/s.
  • Participants will be able to detail the current trends in the CI 1 to CI 2 interval for bilateral sequential CI/s.

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Presenters/Authors

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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Frayne Poeting (), College of Wooster, c/o dgoldberg@wooster.edu;
Frayne Poeting is a 2016 graduate of The College of Wooster (Ohio). This poster reflects his Independent Study (I.S) thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Goldberg. Mr. Poeting anticipates application to graduate programs in either Audiology (Au.D.) or Deaf Education for the Fall 2017.

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