In this issue of JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Zhao and colleagues1 report a meta-analysis on the association of preoperative patient-related factors with adult cochlear implant (CI) speech perception outcomes. Through pooled analysis, encompassing 13 articles and 1095 patients, the authors demonstrate statistically significant, yet modest at best, association between postoperative CI speech perception measures and commonly used variables: age of implantation (r = −0.31), duration of hearing loss (HL) (r = −0.25), preimplant pure-tone average (r = −0.16), and preoperative aided word recognition scores (WRS) (r = 0.22).
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Shew M, Herzog JA, Buchman CA. For Whom Do Cochlear Implants Work Best? JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(7):603–604. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0678
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