To report a successful case of cochlear implantation and auditory training for the improvement of sound localization in a patient with single-sided deafness.
Case report and literature review.
Tertiary referral otology practice.
Fifty-seven-year-old man receiving cochlear implantation after 8 years of unilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
Initially, CROS hearing aid, then osseointegrated bone conduction system and finally cochlear implantation and auditory training.
Sound localization tests.
Sound localization tests after CI and auditory training showed improvement when compared with testing performed after fitting of an osseointegrated bone conduction system.
Cochlear implantation followed by 3 months of auditory training may have improved sound localization in this patient with single-sided deafness. Further case-controlled studies need to be undertaken to ascertain whether CI alone without formal auditory training will promote the same results.
*Department of Otolaryngology, St George/Sutherland Public Hospital, Sydney; †Healthy Hearing & Balance Care; and ‡Department of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sameerah Nawaz, M.B.B.S., Department of Otolaryngology, St George/Sutherland Public Hospital, Sydney, Australia; E-mail: Sameerah_nawaz@yahoo.com.au
The authors disclose no conflicts of interest.
No external funding was sourced for this study.