Date of Degree

6-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Au.D.

Program

Audiology

Advisor

Donald Vogel

Subject Categories

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Keywords

cochlear implantation, tinnitus, bilateral cochlear implants, single-sided deafness, tinnitus outcomes, adult cochlear implants

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation is to conduct a systematic review on the outcomes of tinnitus, in both its characteristics and psychosocial impact, post-cochlear implantation in profound bilateral and single-sided deafness (SSD) adult populations. A longitudinal case study will also be presented to show long-term effects of tinnitus outcomes in a cochlear implant recipient in a clinical setting. The investigation may, in turn, provide information regarding tinnitus in the selection criteria of which ear to implant, considerations in implantation eligibility for patients with bilateral and unilateral severe hearing loss associated with severe tinnitus, and to inform patients about the possible risk of postoperative tinnitus worsening. The collective data may also encourage further assessment of tinnitus in cochlear implant (CI) patients during audiological testing.

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