Aural Rehabilitation for Cochlear Implant Users Via Telerehab Technology

  • End date
    Dec 30, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Gallaudet University
Updated on 18 February 2021
cochlear implant
cognitive training


This study evaluates the benefits of short-term training via telehealth for post-lingually deafened adult cochlear implant users. Half the participants will receive aural rehabilitation and the other half cognitive training. The hypothesis is that short-term aural rehabilitation via telerehab technology will improve outcomes for post-lingually deafened cochlear implant users


Aural rehabilitation training (AR) has been demonstrated to improve outcomes for adult cochlear implant users. There are both financial and non-financial barriers to AR service delivery including accessibility (mobility, distance and transportation problems), accommodation (time off work impossible, caring for family) and availability (limited providers in rural areas, financial constraints, and lack of transportation. In this study the investigators will measure the impact of telerehab delivery on optimizing speech recognition, communication function, goals, social participation and hearing handicap.

Twenty-four participants will be randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: aural rehabilitation (AR) and cognitive training (CT). Participants will complete six 90-minute treatment sessions in their home or office via a telerehab platform. Participants will come to a center for three 90-minute assessment sessions: pre-treatment, 1 week, and 2 months post-treatment.

Condition Deafness, Hearing Loss, Auditory Loss and Deafness, Hearing Impairment, decreased hearing, hard of hearing, hypoacusis
Treatment Aural Rehabilitation Group, Cognitive Training Group
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03157492
SponsorGallaudet University
Last Modified on18 February 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age greater than or equal to 18 yrs?
Gender: Male or Female
Do you have any of these conditions: Hearing Impairment or hard of hearing or Auditory Loss and Deafness or hypoacusis or Deafness or decreased hearing or Hearing Loss?
Do you have any of these conditions: Hearing Loss or hard of hearing or Deafness or Auditory Loss and Deafness or decreased hearing or Hearing Impairment or hypoacusis?
Speech Tracking rate of at least 20 words per minute
Sentence recognition scores (CasperSent) between 10% and 85%
Passing score on cognitive screener (Callahan et al., 2002)

Exclusion Criteria

Less than 18 years of age
Pre-lingually deafened
Prior Aural Rehabilitation with cochlear implant
Greater than three years post-activation of CI
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