“Any parent will tell you that [the children] pick up stuff so much quicker [with bilateral simultaneous implants],” he said in an interview with ENT Today. “I have a video of a child actually singing the ABCs in tune.”
Dr. Papsin said bilateral implants are the standard of care in his hospital. “I think the key is if you have a funding structure that supports it, if you have a surgical team that can perform it, if you have an audiologic diagnosis that is dependable and if you have family who are willing to undergo that procedure, then I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t go for simultaneous bilateral or a bilateral implant,” he said.
Audie Woolley, MD, said studies show better sound localization and speech perception with bilateral implants. “They’re showing overall better listening skills, both for children in the classroom and in social situations,” said Dr. Woolley, associate clinical professor of otolaryngology and pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine, where he is also medical director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program.