Comparison of In-Person Versus Remote Cochlear Implant Candidacy Evaluations

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Matthew Bush, MD

Status

Completed

Conditions

Hearing Disorders
Hearing Loss

Treatments

Device: Remote CI Counseling
Other: In-Person CI Counseling

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT02684175
15-0572-P2H

Details and patient eligibility

About

The objective of this study is to compare remote and in-person audiological cochlear implant candidacy evaluations (including audiological (hearing) testing and counseling sessions) in a rural Appalachian region.

Full description

In Aim 1, participants (N=42) will receive both an in-person (standard of care) and remote (experimental) comprehensive audiological evaluation.Participants will be randomized to receive both sessions in a particular sequence (in-person, remote versus remote, in-person) to reduce order effect. Remote audiological sessions will involve face-to-face communication and testing over a high-speed hard wired connection (10 Mgb/s) conducted within the University of Kentucky firewall protection using a Polycom 500 series teleconference audio and live video set-up. The audiologist will direct the remote audiological evaluation with the participant (in the UK Otolaryngology (ENT) practice in Morehead, KY) from a work station at the Otolaryngology (ENT) practice in Lexington, KY. Evaluations will include pure-tone air and bone conduction thresholds (level of hearing ability) along with speech audiometry (speech recognition thresholds and word recognition scores). Scores from the Arizona Biological (AzBio) test (speech recognition) completed remotely and in-person will be compared for each person to determine equivalence. Upon enrollment, participants will fill out a demographic questionnaire along with an adapted version of the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (URICA) questionnaire, assessing their current stage of change toward seeking hearing rehabilitation. Aim 2 will involve participants from Aim 1 (N=12). Half of the cohort (n=6) will be randomized to receive a remote cochlear implant counseling session (experimental) and the other half (n=6) will be randomized to receive an in-person cochlear implant counseling session (standard of care). Both sessions will occur in the ENT practice in Morehead, KY with an audiologist but the audiologist will be physically located in the ENT practice in Lexington, KY directing the session during the remote sessions. The counseling session lasts 30-45 minutes and consists of 5 key components: an explanation of the patient's hearing testing results, a discussion of the impact of hearing loss on the patient's life, treatment options for hearing loss including hearing aid amplification and cochlear implantation, an explanation of how cochlear implants function and the necessary steps in candidacy and rehabilitation, and an outline of the expected outcomes following cochlear implantation. After participants receive either remote or in-person session, they will complete a satisfaction questionnaire on the session and the URICA questionnaire.The URICA questionnaire is a validated assessment tool measuring an individuals' motivation for change by providing a score that places them within one of the four categories: precontemplation, contemplation, action and maintenance (Laplante-Lavesque, Hickson, & Worral, 2013). After each session, the audiologist will fill out a satisfaction questionnaire.

Enrollment

13 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Adults (>18) who are current patients at the University of Kentucky Morehead Clinic
  2. Adults who have moderate to profound hearing loss
  3. Adults who can speak and understand English since cochlear implantation candidacy testing is performed using standardized word lists in English

Exclusion criteria

  1. Adults with prelingual deafness
  2. Adults who use sign language as a primary means of communication
  3. Adults with active otological infections with otorrhea or cerumen impaction seen on otoscopy
  4. Pregnant women since pregnant women are not cochlear implant surgical candidates

Trial design

Primary purpose

Diagnostic

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Crossover Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

13 participants in 2 patient groups

In-Person CI Counseling Session
Active Comparator group
Description:
Participants (n=6) randomized to receive an in-person CI counseling session will receive what normally occurs with patients pursuing cochlear implantation. The counseling will last 30-45 minutes and consists 5 key components: an explanation of the patient's hearing testing results, a discussion of the impact of hearing loss on the patient's life, treatment options for hearing loss including hearing aid amplification and cochlear implantation, an explanation of how CIs function and the necessary steps in candidacy and rehabilitation, and an outline of the expected outcomes following cochlear implantation.
Treatment:
Other: In-Person CI Counseling
Remote CI Counseling Session
Experimental group
Description:
Participants (n=6) randomized to receive a remote CI counseling session will be receiving the counseling session remotely. The participants will be counseled remotely by the audiologist located in Lexington, KY via the telemedicine system (intervention). This counseling will last 30-45 minutes and consists 5 key components: an explanation of the patient's hearing testing results, a discussion of the impact of hearing loss on the patient's life, treatment options for hearing loss including hearing aid amplification and cochlear implantation, explanation of how CIs function and the necessary steps in candidacy and rehabilitation, and an outline of the expected outcomes following cochlear implantation.
Treatment:
Device: Remote CI Counseling

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