WA-4: Current Perspectives on the Association of Hearing Loss and Falls

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Criteria for cochlear implant (CI) candidacy have expanded to include individuals with single-sided deafness, or SSD. In this presentation, we will review the impact of SSD on hearing function and quality of life, what research and lived experience can tell us about the benefits and limitations of CI for SSD, factors that contribute to outcome with CI, current CI candidacy criteria, and the role of community audiologists in CI candidacy. The presentation will focus primarily on the adult population.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of SSD on hearing function and quality of life in an adult population
  • Know the benefits and limitations of CI for SSD
  • Identify potential candidates for CI for SSD
  • Understand fitting considerations for individuals who may benefit from CI for SSD