Building a Multidisciplinary Cochlear Implant Team

Sanjay R Parikh, Daniel J Machleder, Janie Chobot-Rodd, Kelly Girouard, Alan Shanske, Elissa Stern, Nancy Tarshis, Elizabeth Dinces

Abstract


Cochlear implantation is evolving into a common modality of auditory rehabilitation for the patient with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. In order to provide the patient considering cochlear implantation with an understanding of how best to integrate the device into his daily life, adequate evaluation, counseling, and instruction are required. Using the multidisciplinary model, our initial experience has shown that evaluation by specialists in audiology, otolaryngology, speech pathology, pediatric genetics, social work, and child life may lead to better patient and family understanding of cochlear implantation. 


Keywords


cochlear implant; audiology; sensorineural hearing loss; otolaryngology; pediatrics; collaborative medicine

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.23861/EJBM200421456

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