Cochlear Implants (CI)

Cochlear Implants (CI)

Experiences of Patients with Hearing Loss and a Comorbid Psychiatric Diagnosis

Are you curious about the experience of hearing loss and auditory rehabilitation for your older adult patients who have a current psychiatric diagnosis? If so, you may want to read a recently published qualitative study by Emma Laird and colleagues (2020). 

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Use of Diagnostics and Intervention in Children with SNHL

As audiologists, we know that early detection and intervention for permanent, sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is critical for language development, academic achievement, and social and emotional well-being.  

The authors of this study investigated 53,711 children with hearing loss and a mean age of 7 years 3 months. The children were both male and female, Asian, Black, Hispanic, and White. 

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CMS Issues Final 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule

Tables 1-6 see below for APC assignments, status indicators, and reimbursement amounts for audiology codes.  An “S” status indicator denotes a “Separate APC Payment” where regardless of services performed on the same date of service, the CPT code is paid at the APC rate.

An Overview of Hearing Loss in Children

In a recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Lieu and colleagues (2020) provide an excellent overview of hearing loss in children that would be highly beneficial for students, parents, and any professional working with pediatric patients with hearing loss. 

The article provides a detailed overview of the epidemiology, etiology, and consequences of childhood hearing loss as well as assessment and management options. 

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Kids Need Two Ears!

Children with hearing loss are at high risk for delays in acquiring and advancing speech and language, and achieving psycho-educational success. This fact, well known for decades, escapes clear guidelines for treatment when the hearing loss is unilateral, sensorineural, and “unaidable.” The traditional definition of “unaidable” is challenged by modern cochlear implants, which provide a potential—albeit “off-label” solution—to provide bimodal or binaural hearing in cases of unilateral hearing loss.

Topic(s): Pediatric Audiology, unilateral deafness/unaidable, Cochlear Implants (CI)

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today January/February 2017

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Supporting Communication in Infants with Hearing Loss Prior to Cochlear Implantation

A baby fails a newborn hearing screening and an auditory brainstem response (ABR) indicates profound bilateral hearing loss. From an audiologist’s perspective, fitting for hearing aids and an evaluation for cochlear implant candidacy are often the next steps. But for parents the lag time between identification and implantation is often a stressful time that involves waiting and worrying. This lag, during which infants do not have access to auditory linguistic input, occurs during a sensitive period of prelinguistic communication development (Ruben and Schwartz, 1999).

Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), Newborn Hearing Screening, Hearing Loss, Pediatric Audiology

Rebecca Krill’s TED Talk: How Technology Has Changed What It’s Like to Be Deaf

By Erin Schafer, PhD


As audiologists, we live and breathe hearing technology, but we don’t always have the opportunity to learn about how a lifetime of hearing technology shaped a person’s life.


I had the distinct pleasure of learning about Rebecca Krill’s journey with congenital hearing loss in her recent TED talk, “How technology has changed what it’s like to be deaf.”


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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE | Real Change for Our Profession

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the entire group of audiologists I work with at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) was taking care of patients in person. Three days later, Monday, March 23, 2020, we were providing all of our services remotely. 

We had been thinking about expanding into telehealth over the past year, but we had all sorts of reasons why it wouldn’t, couldn’t, and shouldn’t work. And then one day, it had to work or we wouldn’t have been able to take care of our patients. 

Topic(s): President's Message, audiology, Telehealth, tele-audiology, teleaudiology, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CARES Act, Medicare, cochlear implant codes, Cochlear Implants (CI)

Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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From Hearing Aids to Cochlear Implants: The State of Wireless Technology

Over the last 10 years, wireless technology has been a driver of innovation in hearing aids and cochlear implants. Today, our counseling narratives almost universally include discussion of the features and benefits that are enabled by wireless connectivity—it’s been a short trip from novelty to normal. This article reviews the evolution of ear-level wireless technologies and summarizes the landscape across hearing aids and cochlear implants. 

Topic(s): Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants (CI), Magnetic induction and radio frequency (RF), near-field magnetic induction (NFMI), Bluetooth

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020

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Cochlear Implants in Private Practice…My Practice?

The world of cochlear implants (CIs) is evolving. What was once a treatment pathway for a limited population of patients with profound hearing impairment has expanded to include individuals with moderate to severe hearing loss. CI technology, which began as basic sound processing through an electrode array, has grown to include Bluetooth streaming and cell phone connectivity. 

Topic(s): Cochlear Implants (CI), CI, Hearing Impairment (HI), Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids

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Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2020