Cochlear Implants Aid Speech Recognition in Most Adults

Most adult patients have statistically significant postoperative improvements in speech recognition after receiving cochlear implants, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

James R. Dornhoffer, M.D., from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and colleagues assessed changes in preoperative aided versus postoperative speech recognition scores for individual patients receiving cochlear implants among 323 adults (mean age, 61.2 years) with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (470 implants).