Clinical guidance on bilateral fitting of bone conduction solutions in children and adults (white paper)

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Authors: Agterberg M1, Babu S2, Breitholtz F3, Christensen L4, Cire G5, Dhooge I6, Ferruggiaro A7, Hol M1, Ittner C8, Mathews M9, McGrew B9, Moyer C10, Page N11, Ray J12, Snapp H13, Stenfelt S14, Waldmann B15, Wazen J16, Wong J17.*

The benefits of binaural hearing are well known, and in air conduction hearing amplification patients with bilateral hearing loss have been fitted with bilateral hearing amplification as the standard of care for decades.1 However, the benefits of fitting bilateral conductive or mixed hearing loss with bilateral bone conduction solutions have been debated. The guidance statements and clinical recommendations presented in this paper provide a viewpoint from experts on when bilateral fitting should be performed and considerations for a successful outcome.

For results found during this consensus meeting, please see the entire Clinical guidance on bilateral fitting of bone conduction solutions in children and adults white paper.

Bilateral consensus meeting attendees

 

* 1. Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen 2. Michigan Ear Institute, Michigan 3. Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions, Molnlycke 4. Cook Childrens Medical Center, Fort Worth 5. Cochlear Americas, Denver 6. Ghent University Hospital, Gent 7. University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore 8. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago 9. UAB University Hospital, Birmingham 10. Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego 11. Physician Group of Arizona, Phoenix 12. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield 13. University of Miami, Miami 14. Linkoping University Hospital, Linkoping 15. Cochlear Deutschland, Hannover 16. Silverstein Institute, Sarasota 17. District Medical Group, Phoenix.
References:
1. Arlinger S, Nordqvist P, Öberg M. International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids: Data From a Large Swedish Quality Register Database. Am J Audiol. 2017 12;26(3S):443-450.
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