Imbalance is a risk of cochlear implantation. This is particularly important in patients receiving bilateral implants, who are often children. 25 adult and pediatric patients undergoing cochlear implantation were tested pre-operatively and post-operatively using tests of balance function. Results showed moderate losses in some test paradigms following implantation in the patient group as a whole. While changes in balance function due to cochlear implantation are not uncommon, their practical effect on function may be minor.
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine
Cochlear Implants; Dizziness
Hullar, Timothy E.; Firzst, Jill E.
Baudhuin, Jacquelyn Lea, "Balance function following cochlear implantation" (2008). Independent Studies and Capstones. Paper 173. Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine.