Improving sound localization after cochlear implantation and auditory training for the management of single-sided deafness

Sameerah Nawaz*, Celene McNeill, Simon L. Greenberg

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    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE: To report a successful case of cochlear implantation and auditory training for the improvement of sound localization in a patient with single-sided deafness. STUDY DESIGN: Case report and literature review. SETTING: Tertiary referral otology practice. PATIENT: Fifty-seven-year-old man receiving cochlear implantation after 8 years of unilateral sensorineural hearing loss. INTERVENTION: Initially, CROS hearing aid, then osseointegrated bone conduction system and finally cochlear implantation and auditory training. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Sound localization tests. RESULT: Sound localization tests after CI and auditory training showed improvement when compared with testing performed after fitting of an osseointegrated bone conduction system. CONCLUSION: Cochlear implantation followed by 3 months of auditory training may have improved sound localization in this patient with single-sided deafness. Further case-controlled studies need to be undertaken to ascertain whether CI alone without formal auditory training will promote the same results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)271-276
    Number of pages6
    JournalOtology and Neurotology
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

    Keywords

    • Auditory training
    • Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid
    • Cochlear implant
    • Osseointegrated bone conduction system
    • Single-sided deafness
    • Sound localization

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