Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes.

First Edition

René H. Gifford

Details: 160 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-446-5

© 2013 | Available

Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment is an invaluable clinical reference for every cochlear implant audiologist and speech-language pathologist working with the adult or pediatric populations.

This unique text is designed to provide information on best practices assessment of implant candidacy as well as the postoperative assessment of performance over the long term. This book is written for audiologists, speech-language pathologists and deaf educators to serve as a clinical handbook on the assessment tools and therapeutic intervention that are critical during the pre- and post-implant periods. Given that the numbers of both adult and pediatric cochlear implant recipients continue to increase, more and more clinicians will be expected to gain and maintain a level of experience surrounding the clinical management of this population. Though this book contains useful information for even the most seasoned clinicians, it will serve an especially important role in the education and training of students and clinicians being introduced to cochlear implant clinical practice. Having an experienced audiologist and speech-language pathologist authoring this work unites the inter-disciplinary nature of this practice.


"Cochlear Implant Patient Assessment: Evaluation of Candidacy, Performance, and Outcomes is a very well written resource that provides essential and practical information for students, professionals and academicians. This concise yet comprehensive book can be used in both clinical and academic environments. It very nicely fills a gap that current cochlear implant resources, which primarily focus on speech processing, anatomical, and behavioral outcome information, have not typically provided.

The limited number of books on cochlear implants that vary in scope makes it challenging for faculty to plan a seminar or course on cochlear implants that provides broad and relevant information. This book explores topics that all speech-language pathology and audiology graduate students will find extremely helpful, and consequently, will allow faculty to more easily provide this necessary information to their students. It can easily be used as a companion book to the other academic cochlear implant resources that are available. Furthermore, each topic within the book is very well researched with extensive references provided which will further aid faculty and students. 

As stated by the author, this book is not intended to provide extensive scholarly information on speech processing strategies, auditory physiology, or cochlear modeling but rather it is meant to be a valuable compliment to those resources by providing more clinically-based information. Clinically-based research studies are provided throughout each chapter that help the student understand the importance of evidenced-based practice. 

The content of the book is logically organized with initial chapters providing the necessary background information for cochlear implant candidacy in addition to the selection process for cochlear implantation; the middle chapters convey information on assessment of traditional and non-traditional candidates, and the last chapter discusses avenues for further research and understanding. Additionally, within each chapter, a brief introduction to the topic is presented which is followed by a synopsis of the covered topics at the end of the chapter. 

Of particular interest in this book is the information provided about non-traditional candidates for cochlear implantation and the changing criteria for implantation. Also, the final chapter touches upon a number of topics that will require further research as the field progresses (e.g., cognitive decline, listening effort, multi-sensory assessment, auditory-related fatigue, bimodal issues). Greater understanding of these topics will hopefully enhance the clinical care for cochlear implant recipients. 

In summary, this book will serve as a practical guide for clinicians working with cochlear implant recipients and graduate students in the fields of speech language pathology and audiology."
Marcia Hay-McCutcheon, Ph.D., CCC-A, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communicative Disorders, The University of Alabama, in the International Journal of Audiology, Vol. 52 No. 10. (October 2013)

"Named to Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences 2015 list!"
—Doody's (2015)

FDA Candidacy for Cochlear Implantation

Elements of Preoperative Assessment: Adults

Pediatric Cochlear Implant Candidate Selection

The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Assessment of Pediatric Cochlear Implant Candidacy

Non-traditional Candidates for Cochlear Implantation

Elements of Postoperative Assessment: Adult Implant Recipients

Elements of Postoperative Assessment: Pediatric Implant Recipients

The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Deaf in the Post-operative Assessment of Children

Assessing Pre-and Postoperative Outcomes for Adults and Children: What Does the Future Hold and What Might We Be Missing?

René H. Gifford

René H. Gifford, PhD, CCC-A, is a Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in the Division of Audiology as well as the Director of the Cochlear Implant Research Laboratory. Her NIH-funded research investigates auditory function and spatial hearing as well as electrophysiologic correlates of auditory perception for adults and children with hearing loss using cochlear implants and hearing aids. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and delivered nearly 300 presentations around the world.  She was the 2015 recipient of the ASHA Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement as well as the 2017 recipient of the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Award for Research, both awarded for her work in auditory outcomes following hearing preservation cochlear implantation. Dr. Gifford and her husband, Branden, are parents to three boys, Levi, Jacob, and Aidan.

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Brad Stach Ph.D., Series Editor

The Core Clinical Concepts Series provides graduate students and inquiring practitioners with practical materials for development of fundamental clinical knowledge and skills for audiology practice. This series consists of texts pertaining to core clinical concepts and practice methods, as well as supplementary materials designed to engage readers in active learning via application of concepts. Currently available audiology texts commonly provide exhaustive examination of broad topic areas, necessary for advanced scholarship. Not widely available are pedagogical materials that provide students with clear, accessible, and effective instruction in fundamental concepts and clinical methods and protocols of audiology. The Core Clinical Concepts in Audiology Series answers this need through its unique approach, organization, and style, designed to promote successful learning of students and professionals. Books in the Core Clinical Concepts Series are:

  • Concise. The succinct construction of series texts allows readers to efficiently acquire essential concepts and skills.
  • Consistent. The uniformity of text organization and style allows readers to effectively utilize familiar and reasoned organization of texts.
  • Comprehensive. Bundled thematic sets provide readers with thorough coverage of specific topic areas.
  • Integrated. Workbooks, case studies, and laboratory exercises provide opportunities for reflection, application, and assessment of learned information. These materials are designed to increase depth of reader learning by application of knowledge in a variety of contexts.

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