Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name





Barbara Weinstein

Subject Categories

Speech Pathology and Audiology


cochlear implant, vestibular dysfunction, vestibular effects, cochlear implant risks


Previous research has illustrated that vestibular dysfunction is the most prevalent complication of cochlear implant (CI) surgery. There is substantial evidence of both short- and long-term vestibular dysfunction following CI surgery. The objective of this survey was to determine CI recipients’ expectation and satisfaction with their audiologists’ counseling regarding the possible vestibular effects of cochlear implantation. Survey participants included unilateral and bilateral adult CI recipients recruited through the NYC chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), audiology-related Facebook groups, and Linked-In. The first 25 participants were offered a $20 Amazon gift card upon completion of the survey. The questions that comprised the survey pertained to demographics, prior history of dizziness and imbalance, pre- and post-programming vestibular effects, and expectations and satisfaction regarding the CI experience and counseling process. Ultimately, subjective information on patient expectation and satisfaction with vestibular dysfunction counseling may guide future counseling on the possible vestibular effects of cochlear implantation.