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81st Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

12.05. - 16.05.2010, Wiesbaden

Evaluation and comparison of the hearing performance of adult ABI- and CI-recipients with the sound effect recognition test (SERT)

Meeting Abstract

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. 81st Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Wiesbaden, 12.-16.05.2010. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2010. Doc10hno072

DOI: 10.3205/10hno072, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-10hno0720

Published: July 6, 2010

© 2010 Strauß-Schier et al.
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Outline

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Introduction: Within the cochlear implant program 33 adult recipients were provided with an auditory brainstem implant since1996. For the evaluation of the hearing performance of the ABI-recipients with the CI-recipients it was necessary the find a test battery which can be accomplished by the ABI-recipients when routine tests are too difficult. For this reason the sound effect recognition test SERT was introduced to determine the hearing performance of the ABI-recipients in comparison to the CI-recipients as base for pre-operative counselling.

Method: A group of 12 ABI-recipients were compared with 3 groups of CI-recipients belonging to the different hearing performance groups “good, medium and low”.

The test battery consists of the sound effect recognition test which was actually modified as a recorded test presented at the computer and loudspeaker and the Freiburger Sprachverständlichkeitstest (numbers).

Results: The comparison of the hearing performance of the ABI-recipients with the CI-recipients showed similar results with the CI-recipients with low performance in the sound effect recognition test and the number test. There were no significant differences between both groups.

Discussion: In consequence for the pre-operative counselling, the similar meanings in hearing performance of the ABI-recipients with the CI-recipients with low performance let expect similar prospect of success. This means recognition of environmental sounds and speech understanding with lip-reading.

For future development there is to hope, that through enhancement in technology and speech decoding strategies a comparable hearing performance of the ABI-recipients with the CI-recipients with good and medium performance can be achieved.


References

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