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Cochlear implantation in unilateral sudden deafness improves tinnitus and speech comprehension: meta-analysis and systematic review.

Authors
  • Blasco, Michael A1
  • Redleaf, Miriam I
  • 1 *College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, and †Director of Otology/Neurotology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois Hospitals and Health Sciences System-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2014
Volume
35
Issue
8
Pages
1426–1432
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000431
PMID: 24786540
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Cochlear implantation in unilateral sudden hearing loss with a normal functioning contralateral ear might prove to be an effective therapy. Tinnitus is reduced as is the signal-to-noise ratio, which still allows 50% speech discrimination. All patients felt that they localized sound better, and most felt that they understood speech better. Further studies should be conducted to compare the success of hearing rehabilitation of cochlear rehabilitation and traditional modalities such as contralateral routing of signal and bone-anchored hearing aids.

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