The purpose of this study is to evaluate participants Quality of Life (QOL) with their Cochlear implant (CI) through a variety of questionnaires and hearing tests.
There will be a pre-surgical visit as well as 3, 6, and 12 month post-surgery visits. In this study, the participants will take surveys and hearing tests at each visit. He or she will complete surveys on the computer through REDCap and the hearing tests will be completed in sound-attenuating booth using headphones in the Walton Research building on MUSC's campus. The study participation is complete once the participant has completed all 4 study visits.
In the first arm of this study (Pro00063109) we developed a list of questions that will be utilized in a new quality of life questionnaire for cochlear implant users. We developed a survey to be used in the clinical setting based on these questions. We would like to gather data from a large number of implant users in order to validate the questionnaire. In the survey subjects are asked how hearing loss and having a cochlear implant affects their life. Enrolled subjects will complete the combined experimental survey paired with the current gold standard quality of life measures at two time points two weeks apart, greater than a year after receiving cochlear implantation.