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Acta Otolaryngol Suppl. 2013;(564):3-13. doi: 10.3109/00016489.2013.869059.

Towards a consensus on a hearing preservation classification system.

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Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing , Warsaw , Poland.

Abstract

CONCLUSION:

The comprehensive Hearing Preservation classification system presented in this paper is suitable for use for all cochlear implant users with measurable pre-operative residual hearing. If adopted as a universal reporting standard, as it was designed to be, it should prove highly beneficial by enabling future studies to quickly and easily compare the results of previous studies and meta-analyze their data.

OBJECTIVES:

To develop a comprehensive Hearing Preservation classification system suitable for use for all cochlear implant users with measurable pre-operative residual hearing.

METHODS:

The HEARRING group discussed and reviewed a number of different propositions of a HP classification systems and reviewed critical appraisals to develop a qualitative system in accordance with the prerequisites.

RESULTS:

The Hearing Preservation Classification System proposed herein fulfills the following necessary criteria: 1) classification is independent from users' initial hearing, 2) it is appropriate for all cochlear implant users with measurable pre-operative residual hearing, 3) it covers the whole range of pure tone average from 0 to 120 dB; 4) it is easy to use and easy to understand.

PMID:
24328756
DOI:
10.3109/00016489.2013.869059
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