This is a project by Advanced Bionics enrolling patients who suffer from asymmetric sensorineural hearing loss, or severe hearing loss in one ear. The project involves undergoing a cochlear implant in the poorer hearing ear. People who suffer from the hearing loss in one ear have difficulty with communicating and localizing sounds.
Hopefully with this research, patients will have improvement in hearing and communication after the surgery. Cochlear implant is a device inserted into the inner ear to restore hearing in those with severe to profound hearing loss and have been primarily used in patients have been used for many years for hearing loss in one ear. This study is novel in that the implant is to be used in patients who still have serviceable hearing in their better hearing ear.