This session will include a discussion around the presentation of 4 case presentations. The first presentation will highlight the importance of full-time device use in cases of pediatric SSD. Two cases will be contrasted, both with the same etiology and similar thresholds at presentation. One patient wore her device full-time while the other had extremely limited use. Both children had a change in hearing in their better hearing ear which impacted their overall abilities socially and academically. Outcomes between cases are significantly different, particularly since they now have bilateral hearing loss. The full-time device user has maintained bilateral hearing while the other remains a monaural listener.
The second case will address the importance of frequency-place stimulation in the cochlea in cases of cochlear implantation for unilateral hearing loss. Unilateral sensory hearing loss has been approved as an indication for cochlear implantation for two of the cochlear implant manufacturers. Providing a cochlear implant signal that faithfully replicates what is heard acoustically contralaterally is of paramount importance to successful outcomes in cochlear implantation for unilateral hearing loss. We have determined that aligning the frequency signal from the cochlear implant to natural cochlear frequency place enhances patient outcomes, especially in those situations that require binaural cues such as speech perception in noise.
And much more.
• Participants will be able to describe the importance of aligning frequency and place with a cochlear implant placed for unilateral hearing loss.
• Participants will be able to recall a risk factor for progression to bilateral hearing loss from SSD.