Evaluation of the Benefits for Overall Health Following Cochlear Implant Treatment in the Elderly Population

2017-03-07 19:08:21 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to show that cochlear implant treatment improves the overall health related quality of life and general well-being in elderly individuals.


The study is designed as an observational prospective repeated measures study with each subject acting as his/her own control. Subjects are evaluated subjectively at pre- and post-operative intervals that coincide with their routine visits to the clinic. Outcomes from routine practice and application of cochlear implant intervention are recorded through observational measures using clinical standards scales used widely in geriatrics and audiology. The study is aimed at collection of data for patients who have already made the decision together with their implant centre clinician for an implant device from the company Cochlear. Patients are approached for study participation prior to surgery by the caring clinician on a consecutive and voluntary basis and on condition of signing the patient informed consent.

Study Design


Hearing Loss


Commercial Nucleus Cochlear Implant Systems


Groupe Hospitalier de La Pitié Salpétrière


Not yet recruiting



Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-03-07T19:08:21-0500

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The cochlear part of the 8th cranial nerve (VESTIBULOCOCHLEAR NERVE). The cochlear nerve fibers originate from neurons of the SPIRAL GANGLION and project peripherally to cochlear hair cells and centrally to the cochlear nuclei (COCHLEAR NUCLEUS) of the BRAIN STEM. They mediate the sense of hearing.

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