An assessment of the clinical acceptability of direct acoustic cochlear implantation for adults with advanced otosclerosis in the United Kingdom

Kitterick, Pádraig T. and Reddy-Kolanu, Guna and Baguley, David and Lavy, Jeremy and Monksfield, Peter and Banga, Rupan and Ray, Jaydip and Snik, Ad and O'Donoghue, Gerard (2017) An assessment of the clinical acceptability of direct acoustic cochlear implantation for adults with advanced otosclerosis in the United Kingdom. Otology and Neurotology, 38 (7). pp. 924-930. ISSN 1537-4505

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Abstract

Hypothesis: Assess the clinical acceptability of direct acoustic cochlear implantation for patients with advanced otosclerosis and the support for conducting a controlled trial of its effectiveness in the United Kingdom.

Background: Emerging evidence supports the efficacy of direct acoustic cochlear implantation in patients with advanced otosclerosis whose needs cannot be managed using the combination of stapes surgery and hearing aids. A controlled trial would provide evidence for its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness to healthcare commissioners.

Methods: An online survey of clinical professionals was constructed to characterise current standard of care for patients with advanced otosclerosis and to assess whether clinicians would be willing to refer patients into a trial to evaluate direct acoustic cochlear implantation. A consensus process was conducted to define inclusion criteria for the future trial.

Results: No survey respondent considered direct acoustic cochlear implantation to be inappropriate with a majority indicating that they would refer patients into a future trial. The consensus was that there is a lack of available treatment options for those patients with bone conduction thresholds worse than 55 dB HL and who did not meet current criteria for cochlear implantation.

Conclusions: The present study confirms that a controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of direct acoustic cochlear implantation would have the support of clinicians in the UK. A feasibility study would be required to determine whether patients who meet the inclusion criteria could be recruited in a timely manner and in sufficient numbers to conduct a formal evaluation of effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Clinical Neuroscience
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001450
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Depositing User: Kitterick, Dr Padraig
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2017 08:40
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 09:44
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42163

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