Date of Degree

6-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Au.D.

Program

Audiology

Advisor

Carol A. Silverman

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

cochlear implants, older adults, speech recognition

Abstract

Health innovations are contributing to the ever-increasing human lifespan, but with humans living longer, new health challenges arise. Hearing loss that severely impacts the ability to understand oral communication is increasingly becoming a reality as humans live longer. For many older adults with hearing loss, hearing aids do not provide sufficient benefit to communication. An abundance of literature exists detailing the benefits of cochlear implantation on speech-recognition for post-lingually deafened adults. Research on the benefits of implantation for older adults is only beginning to emerge, and the outlook is promising. This systematic review provides evidence that, though more research is still needed, cochlear implantation in older adults is a viable treatment option.

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