Sunday, 29 June 2008

Bi-lateral CI versus 1 CI - another "YES !"

More and more research is done with regard to bi-lateral CI.... and they are confirming what we already suspected.. it does make a significant difference.
Like I said before... the only experience we have had with Unilateral CI is when one of the processors failed.... well, the display wasn't readable.... and we had to send it in.... Send 1 in, so Lotte was still able to hear. That's when we experienced the difference....

So, we cannot compare - really, but we do see how well she hears in noisy environment (and with 3 children in the house... it's noisy at times) how her speech develops etc.....
We felt that bi-lateral CI had a lot to do with it....
..... guess it has.

Description of the article is below..... just to make sure a link suddenly turns up "empty...."
.... enjoy!

2 Bilateral Cochlear Implants Are Definitely Superior To 1

Main Category: Hearing / Deafness
Also Included In: Ear, Nose and Throat; Medical Devices
Article Date: 30 May 2008 - 5:00 PDT

A study of cochlear implant patients seen by Indiana University School of Medicine physicians is the first research to show evidence that cochlear implants in both ears significantly improves quality of life in patients with profound hearing loss and that the cost of the second implant is offset by its benefits.

The study, which appears in the May issue of the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, found that improvements in factors that contribute to quality of life including such critical abilities as hearing in noisy environments, focusing on conversations, and speaking at an appropriate volume resulted when cochlear devices were implanted in both ears.

This study may have a significant impact for profoundly deaf individuals who hope to have their health insurance providers pay for bilateral rather than the standard single cochlear implant. The study authors found the benefits of the second implant outweighed the added cost of the second device.

"We didn't know that cognitive skills and emotional issues would so significantly improve with the implantation of a second cochlear device. In addition to the physiological improvements we saw in patients who had bilateral implants, we found that patients were able to function better in noisy environments and definitely felt better about themselves," said senior study author Richard Miyamoto, M.D., Arilla Spence DeVault Professor and chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Miyamoto is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. First author of the study is Bradford G. Bichey, M.D., MPH, a former research fellow and resident at the IU School of Medicine and currently an otolaryngologist in Marion, Ind.

"Profoundly deaf individuals who were born with hearing, their families, physicians, and health insurance providers now have the data they need," said Dr. Miyamoto. "There is definite improvement after one implant and there is a significant added bump in sound and speech perception after the second implant. Emotional well being improves. And we found a favorable cost utility analysis. Our hope is that with these findings more health insurance companies will cover the cost of bilateral implants and bring a superior quality of life to a large number of individuals."

Approximately 1.4 million American are deaf in both ears and experience significant impairment in communication with the hearing world according to the study authors. The IU School of Medicine cochlear program is one of the largest in the country. IU physicians have implanted more than 1,500 cochlear devices over the past quarter century at Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children.

Article adapted by Medical News Today from original press release.

This study was funded by the IU School of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Source: Cindy Fox Aisen
Indiana University


Native ASL/CI parent and child said...

My daughter went bilateral. Boy, she sails through her speech/language goals with much ease than when she is with just one! She locates sound much easier too.

BTW, I loved Lotte's two bags hanging on the back of herback. Brilliant of you, Mom! (:

Abbie said...

I am looking forward to going bilateral myself :)

(Some) Milestones

  • 2013-08: Grade 6
  • 2012-08: Grade 5
  • 2011-08: Grade 4
  • 2011-03: BTE's on the ear
  • 2010-08: Grade 3
  • 2009-08: Grade 2
  • 2008-08: Mainstream School (6y. old)
  • 2006-10: All-hearing Kindergarten (4y. old)
  • 2004-11-22: CI activated (27 m. old)
  • 2004-10-04: Bi-lateral CI (26 m. old)
  • 2003-08: Deaf/HOH/CI Pre-school/"DEAF" Kindergarten (12m. old)
  • 2003-07: HA's fitted (11 m. old)
  • 2003-06: Diagnosed deaf. Start sign-language (10m. old)
  • 2002-11: Suspicion loss of hearing (4 m. old)
  • 2002-08: Born - A fierce LION
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