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Outcomes of Cochlear Implants :
Targets and Outcome Measures

For adults, clinical benefit is evaluated through performance tests and questionnaires.

Performance measures are obtained before and after implantation. After cochlear implant surgery, the patient's progress is assessed at regular intervals. Adults are assessed at 1 week, 3 months and 9 months post-implant using the MRC, Institute of Hearing Research  POCIA test battery (Predicting and monitoring Outcomes in Cochlear Implantation in Adult patients).  Thereafter annual assessments are carried out up to 5 years post-implant.

For children, outcomes from cochlear implantation lie in the domains of audition, speech, language and education. Each child has a named Speech & Language Therapist and a named Teacher of the Deaf from our implant team.

They work in partnership with professionals from the child’s local area in monitoring progress and sharing outcome data. The range of assessment materials available for children is extensive. Tests are not applied universally as their suitability depends on the child's age, duration of deafness, language, cognitive ability etc.

Habilitation support and advice is provided for 5 years post-implant. During this time, support is gradually reduced. These appointments are mainly offered in the child’s home area (in the home, at a clinic/hospital or in an educational environment).

Our habilitation team are currently supporting children across Scotland.