The next generation of Nucleus® fitting

a multiplatform approach towards universal cochlear implant management

Andrew Botros, Rami Banna, Saji Maruthurkkara*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: This article provides a detailed description and evaluation of the next Nucleus® cochlear implant fitting suite. A new fitting methodology is presented that, at its simplest level, requires a single volume adjustment, and at its advanced level, provides access to 22-channel fitting. It is implemented on multiple platforms, including a mobile platform (Remote Assistant Fitting) and an accessible PC application (Nucleus Fitting Software). Additional tools for home care and surgical care are also described. Design: Two trials were conducted, comparing the fitting methodology with the existing Custom Sound™ methodology, as fitted by the recipient and by an experienced cochlear implant audiologist. Study sample:Thirty-seven subjects participated in the trials. Results: No statistically significant differences were observed between the group mean scores, whether fitted by the recipient or by an experienced audiologist. The lower bounds of the 95% confidence intervals of the differences represented clinically insignificant differences. No statistically significant differences were found in the subjective program preferences of the subjects. Conclusions: Equivalent speech perception outcomes were demonstrated when compared to current best practice. As such, the new technology has the potential to expand the capacity of audiological care without compromising efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-494
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume52
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cochlear implants
  • Electrically evoked compound action potential
  • Fitting
  • Mobile health
  • Neural response telemetry
  • Programming

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