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Editorial
May 14, 2020

For Whom Do Cochlear Implants Work Best?

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020;146(7):603-604. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2020.0678

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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