Cochlear Implant Recipients: Device Selection Preferences and Experiences Cochlear implants can provide benefit for many deaf and hard of hearing individuals. When candidacy for implantation is determined, recipients are often responsible for selecting the manufacturer of their own cochlear implant. Recipients may, however, encounter various challenges in the selection process, due to the complexity of information and lack ... Article
Article  |   June 24, 2016
Cochlear Implant Recipients: Device Selection Preferences and Experiences
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cache Pitt
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan UT
  • Christina Heitzinger
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan UT
  • Lauri Nelson
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan UT
  • Elizabeth Preston
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan UT
  • Karen Muñoz
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan UT
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: Cache Pitt is on the MedEl Audiology Advisory Board and the MedEl Pediatric Advisory Board and is a clinical assistant professor at Utah State University. Elizabeth Preston is a clinical associate professor at Utah State University. Lauri Nelson is an associate professor at Utah State University. Christina Heitzinger has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Karen Muñoz is an associate professor, associate department head, and division chair at Utah State University.
    Financial: Cache Pitt is on the MedEl Audiology Advisory Board and the MedEl Pediatric Advisory Board and is a clinical assistant professor at Utah State University. Elizabeth Preston is a clinical associate professor at Utah State University. Lauri Nelson is an associate professor at Utah State University. Christina Heitzinger has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Karen Muñoz is an associate professor, associate department head, and division chair at Utah State University.×
  • Nonfinancial: Cache Pitt and Christina Heitzinger have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Elizabeth Preston, Lauri Nelson, and Karen Muñoz have previously published in this subject area. Karen Muñoz is an Associate Editor of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Some of this material was previously presented at the American Cochlear Implant Alliance CI 2014 Pediatrics meeting.
    Nonfinancial: Cache Pitt and Christina Heitzinger have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Elizabeth Preston, Lauri Nelson, and Karen Muñoz have previously published in this subject area. Karen Muñoz is an Associate Editor of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Some of this material was previously presented at the American Cochlear Implant Alliance CI 2014 Pediatrics meeting.×
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Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Part 1
Article   |   June 24, 2016
Cochlear Implant Recipients: Device Selection Preferences and Experiences
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 4-20. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG9.4
History: Received November 20, 2015 , Revised March 31, 2016 , Accepted May 2, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2016, Vol. 1, 4-20. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG9.4
History: Received November 20, 2015; Revised March 31, 2016; Accepted May 2, 2016

Cochlear implants can provide benefit for many deaf and hard of hearing individuals. When candidacy for implantation is determined, recipients are often responsible for selecting the manufacturer of their own cochlear implant. Recipients may, however, encounter various challenges in the selection process, due to the complexity of information and lack of standardization for patient education. This study explored the experiences of cochlear implant recipients with the selection process, including influential factors in their selection, their commitment to the implant, and their post-implantation perceptions. Eighty recipients who had received their implant within the last 12 months completed an online survey. Results of the survey revealed that a wide range of factors influenced selection, that most recipients chose a device without direct recommendations from their audiologist, and that many would have preferred to receive advice from their cochlear implant center in the selection of the device manufacturer.

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