ISSN 1308-7649 | E-ISSN 2148-3817
Original Article
Satisfaction of Children with Auditory Neuropathy and Cochlear Implant
1 Department of Ear Nose Throat, Head and Neck Surgery, Campinas University, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil  
2 Center for Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering, Campinas University, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil  
J Int Adv Otol 2015; 11: 229-235
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2015.1695
Key Words: Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder, evoked auditory brainstem response, otoacoustic emissions, GJB2, hearing loss
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: In auditory neuropathy (AN) a dyssynchrony in the nerve conduction of the auditory nerve fibers is observed. Typically, patients with AN exhibit moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss, and treatment using cochlear implants (CIs) or hearing aids should be performed as early as possible for a better hearing rehabilitation. The aim of this study is to evaluate the satisfaction level of patients with AN spectrum disorder treated using CIs. The Satisfaction with Amplification in Daily Life questionnaire was selected to evaluate 10 patients with AN treated using CIs.

 

MATERIAL and METHODS: Clinical study of patients with AN spectrum disorder submitted to CI. A retrospective data analysis, genetic and clinical evaluation in a tertiary referral center was done.

 

RESULTS: The means of the subscales for positive effects, services and costs, negative factors, and personal image were 6.15, 4.6, 3.26, and 3.33, respectively.

 

CONCLUSIONS: Patients with AN treated using CIs consider themselves satisfied.

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