By Lisa Park
I presented early outcomes data from the Pediatric Unilateral Hearing Loss study at The American Auditory Society (AAS) meeting in Scottsdale, AZ and at the American Cochlear Implant Alliance Meeting (ACIA). I gave at talk at AAS and did a poster/presentation combination at ACIA.
Treating children with substantial unilateral hearing loss (UHL) is typically limited to rerouting of signals to the better hearing ear. UNC is conducting a clinical trial evaluating whether young children with UHL experience an improvement in speech perception, localization, and quality of life (QOL) with cochlear implant (CI) use. At recent meetings, we presented on some pre-operative findings and early outcome data.
Children between 3.5-6.5 years with moderate to profound UHL are being enrolled. The battery includes pediatric and parental QOL questionnaires, speech perception, and localization assessments. Pre-operatively, subjects reported fatigue than their parents reported perceiving. Early data suggests that CI use in children with substantial UHL may provide improvements in speech perception, localization, and QOL, even within the early months of device use.