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Benefits on language development and auditory perception performance of using a contralateral hearing aid in cochlear implanted children

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Ankara City Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara, Turkey

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Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ankara, Turkey

ENT Updates 2019; 9: 191-00
DOI: 10.32448/entupdates.601175
Read: 223 Downloads: 213 Published: 28 January 2021

Objective: To evaluate the benefits of a contralateral hearing aid on expressive and receptive language development and auditory perception performance over a 36-month post-surgical period in children implanted on a single side with a cochlear device for bilateral pre-lingual profound sensorineural hearing loss.

Methods: Seventy-five patients with idiopathic profound sensorineural hearing loss were included. The cases were divided into two groups: cochlear implant users (50 patients, “CI group”) and cochlear implant plus hearing aid users (25 patients, “CI+HA group”). Language development and auditory performance were compared in the two groups during the first 3 years following cochlear implant surgery. The Pre-school Language Scale-4 was used to assess language development and the LittlEars® Auditory Survey, Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale and Meaningful Use of Speech Scale were employed to assess auditory perception performance.

Results: Language development in the CI+HA group was superior to that in the CI group at 6 months post-surgery, in terms of receptive and expressive language development; auditory perception performance was also superior in the CI+HA group, compared to the CI group.

Conclusion: The use of a contralateral hearing aid in cochlear implanted children with prelingual sensorineural hearing loss positively contributes to language devel-opment and auditory perception performance.

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