Fitting and Evaluating a Hearing Aid for Recipients of a Unilateral Cochlear Implant: The NAL ApproachBy Ching, Teresa Y.C., PhD; Hill, Mandy, DipAuD; Incerti, Paula, MAud; Brew, Jane, MAud; Hearing Review, Vol. 11, No. 9, pp. 32-39, 63
Publication Date: August 2004
Article is the second of a two-part series that summarizes factual evidence related to the binaural benefits of wearing a hearing aid with a cochlear implant. Binaural processes operate only when sounds are audible in both ears, and research demonstrates that binaural processes have a positive impact upon intelligibility, localization, and functional performance among people with use bimodal hearing devices. Hearing aid use among people with cochlear implants can also help to improve the quality of life of the client and his or her family. The authors contend that unless there is solid evidence that bimodal device use is counterproductive, bimodal stimulation should be included in the standard practice in clinical management.
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