Clinical effectiveness of cochlear implants
Cochlear implants significantly improve speech recognition in both quiet and moderate noise in adults with bilateral severe, profound, or moderate sloping to profound sensorineural hearing loss; these gains in speech recognition are likely to remain stable over time.
Both word and sentence recognition tests should be used to evaluate speech recognition performance following cochlear implantation.
Cochlear implants significantly improve overall and hearing-specific quality of life in adults with bilateral severe, profound, or moderate sloping to profound sensorineural hearing loss.
Adults who are eligible for cochlear implants should receive the implant as soon as possible to maximize post-implantation speech recognition.