Can findings on routine audiometry predict the results of a formal cochlear implant candidacy evaluation?
Bottom line: Routine audiometric findings can be used to identify patients who are likely to meet CI candidacy upon formal testing.
Explore this issue:January 2017
Background: Although cochlear implantation benefits have been well described, it is clear that the technology is underutilized. One contributory factor is that there are no established criteria on routine office-based audiometry to assist audiologists, hearing instrument specialists, and otolaryngologists in their decisions on whether to refer patients for a formal CI evaluation.
Study design: Retrospective, observational, diagnostic study of the charts of 139 adult patients evaluated for implant candidacy at a tertiary care center from June 2008 through June 2013.