Dtsch Arztebl Int 2020 Oct;117(41):690-700
Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, St. Elisabeth Hospital, Ruhr University Bochum; Department of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, University Hospital Frankfurt; Department of Oto- Rhino-Laryngology, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden.
Background: Hearing impairment that is too severe to be adequately treated with conventional hearing aids can lead, in children, to severe developmental disturbances of hearing and language, and, in adults, to communicative and social deprivation. Recent advances in medical device technology and in microsurgical techniques have led to an expansion of the indications for cochlear implantation (CI) for adults with progressive hearing loss in older age, and to a restructuring of the process of care for these patients in Germany.
Methods: This review is based on pertinent publications retrieved by a selective search in PubMed, as well as on the CI guidelines and CI "white book" of the German Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Read More