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ABSTRACT: Patients implanted with the Digisonic® SP device showed better identification scores than those implanted with the Convex device, with skills continuing to improve over a longer time period. Technological improvements were beneficial in terms of speech perception in quiet.
To compare speech perception skills for post-lingually deaf patients implanted with a previous Neurelec device, the Digisonic® Convex, with those implanted with a more recent one, the Digisonic® SP, which provides more electrodes and a faster stimulation rate.
This was a retrospective study of 100 implanted patients, 45 with the Digisonic® Convex implant and 55 with the Digisonic® SP. Speech perception (dissyllabic words and sentences, in open set) was evaluated until 1 year after implantation.
Patients fitted with the Digisonic® SP implant showed significantly better scores after 3, 6, and 12 months (mean scores: 53%, 62%, and 68% for words; 58%, 69%, and 75% for sentences) than those fitted with the Convex implant (34%, 42%, and 43% for words; 38%, 59%, and 51% for sentences). The improvement in speech perception after implantation for SP patients continued throughout the 12 months for words and 6 months for sentences, versus 6 months for words and 3 months for sentences for Convex patients.
Acta oto-laryngologica 05/2010; 130(11):1267-73. · 0.98 Impact Factor