ISSN 1308-7649 | E-ISSN 2148-3817
Original Article
The Relationship between Electrical Stapedius Reflex Thresholds and Behaviorally Most Comfortable Levels in Experienced Cochlear Implant Users
1 Department of Audiology, Marmara University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey  
2 Department of Audiology, Sakarya University School of Health, Sakarya, Turkey  
J Int Adv Otol ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2019.6589
Key Words: Electrical Stapedius Reflex Test, cochlear implant, MCL, comfort level
Abstract

 

OBJECTIVES: Programming the cochlear implant’s speech processor with subjective methods in young, uncooperative children is difficult. Since young children cannot provide adequate feedback to the clinician, objective methods which do not require patient’s response were often used. Electrical Stapedius Reflex Test is one of the most common procedures used. The goal of this study was to investigate the relationship between electricalstapedius reflex thresholds and behaviorally most comfortable levels in experienced cochlear implant users.

 

MATERIALS and METHODS: The patients implanted with two brands of cochlear implants were compared in terms of electrical stapedius reflex thresholds versus most comfortable levels.  Speech tests results were also compared between the two groups. 46 cochlear implanted patients who had at least 1 year of cochlear implant experience were included in the study. 28 patients were implanted with Nucleus, 18 patients with Med-El devices.

 

RESULTS: Moderate correlations were obtained between ESR thresholds and C levels in Nucleus users; higher correlations were obtained for Med-El patients. ESR thresholds were present at higher levels than MCL/C levels in both Nucleus and Med-El users. No significant difference was obtained between the two groups in terms of speech tests.

 

CONCLUSION: ESR test can be very informative for programming young and uncooperative patients.

 

 

Cite this article as: Çiprut A, Adıgül Ç. The Relationship between Electrical Stapedius Reflex Thresholds and Behaviorally Most Comfortable Levels in Experienced Cochlear Implant Users. J Int Adv Otol 2019; 10.5152/iao.2019.6589.

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