Unilateral Cochlear Implants: New Consensus Offers A Rallying Cry

Guidelines establish standard of care for bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.

In August, JAMA Otolayrngology-Head and Neck Surgery published the first consensus guidelines on adult unilateral cochlear implants. This follows a Delphi consensus panel review of the literature by 30 international specialists in otolaryngology and audiology.

“The 20 consensus statements formalize that if someone has moderate, sloping to profound, sensorineural hearing loss, cochlear implants should be considered the standard of care,” said René Gifford, Ph.D., a consensus steering committee member and director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center.