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Audiol Neurootol. 1996 Sep-Oct;1(5):293-306.

Factors affecting auditory performance of postlinguistically deaf adults using cochlear implants.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne, East Melbourne, Vic., Australia.


A model of auditory performance and a model of ganglion cell survival in postlinguistically deafened adult cochlear implant users are suggested to describe the effects of aetiology, duration of deafness, age at implantation, age at onset of deafness, and duration of implant use. The models were compared with published data and a composite data set including 808 implant users. Qualitative agreement with the model of auditory performance was found. Duration of deafness had a strong negative effect on performance. Age at implantation had a slight negative effect on performance, increasing after age 60 years. Age at onset of deafness had little effect on performance up to age 60. Duration of implant use had a positive effect on performance. Aetiology had a relatively weak effect on performance.

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