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COCHLEAR IMPLANTS AND TELEPHONE USE: PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT IN ADULT PATIENTS
 
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ENT Department, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Jorge Humberto Martins   

Jorge Humberto Ferreira Martins, Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, Quinta dos Vales – S. Martinho do Bispo, Apartado 7005, 3041-853 Coimbra, Portugal,e-mail: aud.jorgehumberto@gmail.com
Publication date: 2020-04-15
 
J Hear Sci 2015;5(1):31–37
 
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Background:
Using the telephone for everyday communication and social interaction allows the profoundly deaf patient who uses a cochlear implant to increase their independence and self-esteem. Being able to use the telephone presupposes the ability to perceive speech without the aid of lipreading or any other visual cue.

Objective:
This paper aims to evaluate speech perception performance through the telephone in adult users of cochlear implants

Study sample:
200 adult patients who had used a cochlear implant for a minimum of 1 year were evaluated with speech perception tests (words and sentences) in free-field and through the telephone. They were divided into two groups: group I, composed of individuals who used the telephone in everyday life, and group II, individuals who did not use it.

Results:
The results showed statistically significant differences in free-field tonal and vocal thresholds between both groups, with better performance from group I. When the speech perception test results in free-field and through the telephone were compared, for both groups the performance was better in free-field.

Conclusions:
The results showed a statistically significant difference between the two groups, with better performance from group I in all tests.

 
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