Telefitting of Nucleus Cochlear Implants: A Feasibility Study.

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      Purpose: This study aims to describe the recommended equipment and procedures required for successful telefitting, based on our experience, document and evaluate patient satisfaction with telefitting, and assess its clinical usefulness and address the existing issues. Method: Twenty (seven children and 13 adults) individuals who lived far from cochlear implant (CI) centers and who were Nucleus CI users underwent conventional face-to-face fitting and telefitting. We examined the participants' subjective satisfaction and cost and time saved with the telefitting experience. Results: The telefitting sessions lasted for an average of 16 min. Majority of the participants responded positively to the telefitting experience. Eighty percent (16/20) of the participants were satisfied with the new procedure, and 85% of them agreed to use telefitting again. Conclusions: The results of our feasibility study suggest that telefitting was well received by CI users and is a viable alternative to local MAPping, even in young children with CIs. Although there are some limitations in terms of adaptability, telefitting could be an effective means of delivering CI service to remote locations. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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