The primary objective of this study is to determine if aural rehabilitation adds measurable benefit and participant satisfaction to a cochlear implant recipient's overall treatment.
The secondary objective of this study is to compare the efficacy of a commercially available aural rehabilitation program (LACE) and an electronic program which takes advantage of a traditional form of auditory training (NOOK) for cochlear implant users.
Criteria for Inclusion:
- Willingness to participate
- Ability to provide informed written consent
- Willingness to follow study protocol
- Eighteen years or older at the time of signing the consent form
- Cochlear implant experience for 12 months or greater
- Spoken English as the first language
- Access to a home computer which meets the minimal requirements to run appropriate program or the ability to use an electronic reader depending on which group the participant is assigned to.
- Reports being comfortable using a computer if in the LACE group
Criteria for Exclusion:
- Unable or unwillingness to sign informed written consent
- Unable or unwillingness to follow study protocol
- Non-English speaking or English as a second language
- No access to a computer if assigned to the LACE study group
- Reports not being comfortable using a computer if assigned to the LACE study group.
Last updated: 11/27/2012