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Effect of Stimulation Rate on Speech Understanding in Older Cochlear-Implant Users.

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Summary of "Effect of Stimulation Rate on Speech Understanding in Older Cochlear-Implant Users."

Cochlear implants (CIs) are considered a safe and effective intervention for more severe degrees of hearing loss in adults of all ages. Although older CI users ≥65 years of age can obtain large benefits in speech understanding from a CI, there is a growing body of literature suggesting that older CI users may not perform as well as younger CI users. One reason for this potential age-related limitation could be that default CI stimulation settings are not optimal for older CI users. The goal of this study was to determine whether improvements in speech understanding were possible when CI users were programmed with nondefault stimulation rates and to determine whether lower-than-default stimulation rates improved older CI users' speech understanding.

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Name: Ear and hearing
ISSN: 1538-4667
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