Beyond Cochlear Implants: An Update on Implantable Technologies Cochlear implant technology has revolutionized the care of children and adults with severe and profound hearing loss. This technology has been evolving; cochlear implants are now available for a wider patient population, including those with considerable residual hearing, so that patients can combine electrical and acoustic stimulation (EAS). Implant technology ... Features
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Beyond Cochlear Implants: An Update on Implantable Technologies
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Beyond Cochlear Implants: An Update on Implantable Technologies
The ASHA Leader, March 2011, Vol. 16, 16-19. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR3.16032011.16
The ASHA Leader, March 2011, Vol. 16, 16-19. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR3.16032011.16
Cochlear implant technology has revolutionized the care of children and adults with severe and profound hearing loss. This technology has been evolving; cochlear implants are now available for a wider patient population, including those with considerable residual hearing, so that patients can combine electrical and acoustic stimulation (EAS). Implant technology also is used in hearing aids, including implantable middle-ear devices (MEIs) and osteointegrated devices (BAHA). Auditory brainstem implants (ABIs) were developed for people with no auditory nerve, for whom cochlear implants are not an option. Recent developments show dramatic speech recognition in some adults and children with ABIs. The following sections present overviews of recent developments in these three areas.
Middle-Ear Implants and Osseointegrated Implants
Combined Acoustic and Electric Stimulation
Auditory Brainstem Implants
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