Pediatric Cochlear Implant Mapping Via Telepractice Several studies have empirically examined the feasibility and outcomes of remote programming for adults with cochlear implants. Results indicate that equivalent programming levels can be obtained in both the remote and in-person conditions, suggesting that distance technology is a viable alternative to traditional in-person programming methods. Young children, however, require ... Article
Article  |   April 28, 2016
Pediatric Cochlear Implant Mapping Via Telepractice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Michelle L. Hughes
    Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Jenny L. Goehring
    Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Margaret K. Miller
    Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
  • Sara N. Robinson
    Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, NE
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  • Financial: This research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders grant R01 DC013281 (Michelle Hughes, PI), and P30 DC04662. The content of this project is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIDCD or the NIH.
    Financial: This research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders grant R01 DC013281 (Michelle Hughes, PI), and P30 DC04662. The content of this project is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIDCD or the NIH.×
  • Nonfinancial: The authors have no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
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Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Part 1
Article   |   April 28, 2016
Pediatric Cochlear Implant Mapping Via Telepractice
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 12-18. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG18.12
History: Received October 28, 2015 , Accepted November 21, 2015
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 12-18. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG18.12
History: Received October 28, 2015; Accepted November 21, 2015

Several studies have empirically examined the feasibility and outcomes of remote programming for adults with cochlear implants. Results indicate that equivalent programming levels can be obtained in both the remote and in-person conditions, suggesting that distance technology is a viable alternative to traditional in-person programming methods. Young children, however, require different audiological testing methods to obtain the behavioral responses necessary for speech-processor programming. No studies have empirically evaluated the use of remote programming with the behavioral methods specific to testing young children. Further, young children present additional challenges to behavioral testing (e.g., ability to condition or cooperate) that can lead to the need for additional visits beyond those required for regular programming. This paper describes the potential benefits of remote programming over those achieved for adults, and describes the study design and preliminary results from our current study aimed at validating the use of remote processor programming for young children with cochlear implants (CIs).

Acknowledgments
The authors thank Jacquelyn Baudhuin and Rachel Scheperle for assistance with data collection. Portions of this study were presented at the Special Interest Group 7 Miniseminar, American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention, Orlando, FL, Nov. 20-22, 2014 and at ASHA Audiology 2015: Quality Outcomes for Cochlear Implants Online Conference, October 7-19, 2015.
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