Quality of life improved through cochlear implants

The review, the first to evaluate QOL following implantation in adults, covered 42 studies. With only a limited number looking at QOL after bilateral implantation, researchers said outcomes could not be generalised, although there seemed to be improvement after this procedure, too.

Unilateral and bilateral implants, with or without additional use of hearing aids, also improved speech perception and ability to communicate, the researchers found.

JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2013;139:265-72