Investigating the benefits of bilateral cochlear implants for children and young adults and developing evidence-based clinical management practices
Traditionally, children with bilateral severe-profound/profound hearing loss received a unilateral cochlear implant. Beginning in 2003, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital began providing bilateral implants to children. Bilateral implantation provides access to the substantial benefits provided by two-ear (bilateral) hearing.
The aim of this project is to investigate the benefits of bilateral implantation for toddlers, children and young adults, and to develop evidence-based clinical management practices. Project areas include:
- speech perception in noise
- spatial hearing
- listening effort
- everyday listening performance in home and classroom environments
- functional outcomes, such as usage rates and attitude
- programming (mapping) bilateral implants
- Ms Rogayeh Abdi
- Professor Richard Dowell, University of Melbourne
- Professor David Harris, University of Melbourne
- Dr Mansze Mok
- Dr Julia Sarant, University of Melbourne
- Dr Richard van Hoesel, University of Melbourne
- A/Prof Robert Briggs, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Cochlear Implant Clinic
- Dr Peter Busby, Cochlear Limited
- Dr Jaime Leigh, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Cochlear Implant Clinic
- Professor William Noble, University of New England
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
- Deafness Foundation
- Action on Hearing Loss
- Collier Foundation
- William Angliss Charitable Fund
This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.
- Abdi, R., Galvin, K., & Dowell, R. (2015). Comparing right and left maps of children with simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences, Beijing.
- Abdi, R., Galvin, K., & Dowell, R. (2016). Analyzing the maps of children with simultaneous bilateral cochlear implants. Paper presented at the 4th International Congress on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.
- Galvin, K; Dowell, R; van Hoesel, R; Mok, M, Speech detection in noise for young bilaterally implanted children: Is there evidence of binaural benefit over the shadowed ear? Ear & Hear, in press.
- Galvin, K; Mok, M, Everyday listening performance of children before and after receiving a second cochlear implant: Results using the parent version of the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale. Ear & Hear, 37 2016, 93-102.
- Galvin, K; Sarant, J; Harris, D; Bennet, L; Mok, M; Canagasabey, M, Performance ratings for children using bilateral cochlear implants obtained with the Speech, Spatial, and Other Qualities of Hearing Scale for parents. Cochlear Imp Intl, 16 2015, S19-22.
- Galvin, K, Achievement of early clinical milestones and long-term functional outcomes for children and young adults with bilateral cochlear implants. Cochlear Imp Intl, 16 2015, S16.
- Galvin, K; Holland, J; Hughes, K, Longer term functional outcomes and everyday listening performance for young children through to young adults using bilateral implants. Ear & Hear, 35(2) 2014, 171-182.
- Galvin, K; Noble, W, Adaptation of the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale for use with children, parents, and teachers. Cochlear Imp Intl, 14(3) 2013, 135-141.
- Hughes, K; Galvin, K, Measuring listening effort expended by adolescents and young adults with unilateral or bilateral cochlear implants or normal hearing. Cochlear Imp Intl, 14(3) 2013, 121-129.
- Galvin, K; Hughes, K, Adapting to bilateral cochlear implants: early post-operative device use by children receiving sequential or simultaneous implants at or before 3.5 years. Cochlear Imp Intl, 13(2) 2012, 105-112.
- Holland, J; Galvin, K; Briggs, R, Planned simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant operations: How often do children receive only one implant? Intl J Ped Otorhinolaryngol, 76(3) 2012, 396-399.
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