Cochlear Implant Selection Process: Audiologist Practices Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate how cochlear implant audiologists manage the cochlear implant device selection process. Method This study used a cross-sectional survey design. The survey consisted of 17 questions, divided into 3 categories: (a) patient participation in device selection, (b) audiology practice characteristics, ... Article
Article  |   September 13, 2016
Cochlear Implant Selection Process: Audiologist Practices
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cache Pitt
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Tiffany Sawin
    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 Munoz
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Disclosures Financial: Cache Pitt is a clinical assistant professor at Utah State University. Tiffany Sawin has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Lauri Nelson is an associate professor at Utah State University. Elizabeth Preston is a clinical associate professor at Utah State University. Karen Muñoz is an associate professor, associate department head, and division chair at Utah State University.
    Disclosures Financial: Cache Pitt is a clinical assistant professor at Utah State University. Tiffany Sawin has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Lauri Nelson is an associate professor at Utah State University. Elizabeth Preston is a clinical associate professor at Utah State University. Karen Muñoz is an associate professor, associate department head, and division chair at Utah State University.×
  • Nonfinancial: Cache Pitt presented the data at the 2015 Cochlear Implant conference. Tiffany Sawin, Lauri Nelson, Elizabeth Preston, and Karen Muñoz have previously published in this subject area. Karen Muñoz is an associate editor of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.
    Nonfinancial: Cache Pitt presented the data at the 2015 Cochlear Implant conference. Tiffany Sawin, Lauri Nelson, Elizabeth Preston, and Karen Muñoz have previously published in this subject area. Karen Muñoz is an associate editor of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.×
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Part 1
Article   |   September 13, 2016
Cochlear Implant Selection Process: Audiologist Practices
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2016, Vol. 1, 29-36. doi:10.1044/persp1.9.29
History: Received December 7, 2015 , Revised March 30, 2016 , Accepted July 18, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2016, Vol. 1, 29-36. doi:10.1044/persp1.9.29
History: Received December 7, 2015; Revised March 30, 2016; Accepted July 18, 2016

Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate how cochlear implant audiologists manage the cochlear implant device selection process.

Method This study used a cross-sectional survey design. The survey consisted of 17 questions, divided into 3 categories: (a) patient participation in device selection, (b) audiology practice characteristics, and (c) participant demographics. A hard copy of the survey was sent via U.S. Mail to cochlear implant centers across the United States. One hundred and forty-six surveys were completed and included in the analysis.

Results In reference to the patient participation portion of the survey, the majority of audiologists (66%; n=97) reported that they require the recipients to choose the manufacturer of their devices, and various reasons were given to explain this decision. In reference to the practice characteristics portion of the survey, reported sources of cochlear implant training were manufacturer's workshops (23%), on-the-job training with cochlear implant audiologist (20%), on-the-job training with manufacturer representative (18%), and fellowship placement at cochlear implant center (14%).

Conclusions Audiologists play an important role in managing the selection process for cochlear implants; however, responsibility for the device selection was not typically shared between the audiologists and recipients regardless of training or practice characteristics.

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