Title
Assessment of the subjective benefit of electric acoustic stimulation with the abbreviated profile of hearing aid benefitAssessment of the subjective benefit of electric acoustic stimulation with the abbreviated profile of hearing aid benefit
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research group
Translational Neurosciences (TNW)
Faculteit Geneeskunde
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
ORL: journal for oto-rhino-laryngology and its related specialties
Volume/pages
73(2011):6, p. 321-329
ISSN
0301-1569
ISI
000297075900006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Conclusion: This study demonstrates that electric-acoustic stimulation (EAS) significantly decreases the subjective impairment in speech perception. Objectives: To assess the subjective benefit of EAS over the first 12 months after EAS fitting using the Abbreviated Profile of Hearing Aid Benefit (APHAB). Method: Twenty-three EAS users, implanted with either the PULSAR(CI)(100) FLEX(EAS) provided with the DUET EAS processor or the COMBI40+ Medium provided with the TEMPO+ speech processor, were included. Electric stimulation was activated about 1 month postoperatively; ipsilateral acoustic stimulation was added 2 months thereafter. EAS benefit was measured preoperatively with only a hearing aid and postoperatively at EAS fitting and then 3, 6 and 12 months after EAS fitting using the APHAB. Results: Subjects reported significant improvements in the global score with a mean decrease in impairment from 74% preoperatively to 45% after 3 months of EAS use. Furthermore, clinical relevance was demonstrated in multiple subscales between preoperative and first fitting reflecting a true benefit of EAS with a probability of 95%.
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