Developed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Endorsed by the American Academy of Audiology.

Key Points

Cochlear implantation is an effective treatment option for adults with single-sided deafness (SSD). The document reviews the current evidence relevant to the assessment and management of adults with SSD and offers recommendations based upon expert consensus from clinicians and scientists in the fields of audiology and neurotology. A systematic review was also conducted on published studies that investigated outcomes of cochlear implant use on measures of speech recognition in quiet and noise, sound source localization, tinnitus perception, and quality of life for this patient population. Findings were combined to provide guidance for the preoperative evaluation and post-activation assessment and management of adults with SSD.

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