Author(s): Shapiro WH, Huang T, Shaw T, Roland JT Jr, Lalwani AK
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: Intraoperative testing of cochlear implant devices, establishment of electrical threshold for acoustic reflex, and recording neural responses to electrical stimulation have traditionally required the presence of a cochlear implant audiologist in the operating room. The goal of this study was to determine the feasibility of remote testing to improve time efficiency and reduce cost. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective. METHODS: A standard PC with Tridia VNC software and either Cochlear Corporation or Advanced Bionics Corporation mapping software was configured to perform remote testing. The time required to perform on-site or remote testing was measured. RESULTS: With the availability of the laptop and internet access, there were no geographic restrictions regarding the site of remote testing. Remote testing was time efficient, requiring 9 minutes of audiologist's time compared with 93 minutes when the audiologist had to travel to the operating room. CONCLUSION: Remote testing of the cochlear implant device and patient's response to electrical stimulation is technically feasible. It is timesaving, practical, and cost efficient.
This article was published in Otol Neurotol
and referenced in Otolaryngology: Open Access