Hearing Preservation Electrodes in Veterans and Military Service members with Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Technical Report,15 Jun 2015,14 Jun 2016
Iowa City VA Research Foundation Iowa City United States
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There is a very real need to provide rehabilitative options for veterans and service members with severe noise-induced hearing loss NIHL. Recent studies indicate that hearing preservation electrodes provide much better auditory rehabilitation compared with hearing aids or traditional length cochlear implants for patients with severe-to-profound high-frequency hearing loss and useable low-frequency hearing. The effectiveness of the hybrid approach for rehabilitation of NIHL has yet to be established. The purpose of this study is to document benefit of the hybrid cochlear implant in this population. This report documents progress during year 1 of the funding period. The initial portion of the year focused onobtaining IowaVA IRB and DoD HRPO approval. Following that time period we have focused on recruitment.