Potential benefits from deeply inserted cochlear implant electrodes

  • Boyd P
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Abstract

This review examines evidence for potential benefits of using cochlear implant electrodes that extend into the apical regions of the cochlea. Most cochlear implant systems use electrode arrays that extend 1 to 1.5 turns from the basal cochleostomy, but one manufacturer (MED-EL GmbH) uses an electrode array that is considerably longer. The fundamental rationale for using electrodes extending toward the apex of the cochlea is to provide additional low-pitched auditory percepts and thereby increase the spectral information available to the user. Several experimental long arrays have also been produced by other manufacturers to assess potential benefits of this approach.

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  • Paul J. Boyd

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