ACI Alliance Support of Member Surveys
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ACI Alliance to Support Member Survey Activities

In an effort to support and advance research activities by our members, ACI Alliance initiated a new service to assist our members to collect information from other CI clinicians and investigators on the CI process, outcomes, access barriers and research needs. Twice every year—in February and in August—we will solicit and electronically distribute surveys that have been submitted by members. We expect this will result in valuable publications as well as presentations at our meetings. 

Current Surveys:

Title: Cochlear Implant Billing Practices
Summary: This survey aims to investigate cochlear implant (CI) billing practices of audiologists in the United States. This survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete. If you have questions, please contact Sandra Prentiss PhD at
Audience: Audiologists who work with cochlear implant patients
Link: National Survey of Cochlear Implant Billing Practices

Title: What Children with Hearing Loss Choose to Read - A Survey
Summary: Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University are inviting parents to complete an electronic survey. Anyone who completes the survey by November 1st will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle.
Aim 1: Investigate what books children who are D/HoH choose to read, and compare this with normal hearing (NH) children
i. Distinct from school-required readings
ii. Not parent-selected books
Aim 2: Explore how hearing-related measures such as degree of hearing loss and primary mode of communication may impact book selection in children who are D/HoH
Audience: Nationally, all parents of school-aged children K-12, with or without hearing loss. Please forward to parents in your program.

Title: Perceptions of Cochlear Implants by Adult Candidates
Summary: The survey purpose is to collect information on why some adults may delay cochlear implantation after learning they are a candidate. Having such information may help us to better clarify benefits for adult candidates and family members.
Audience: Adults who received their first cochlear implant at or after age 21 as well as adults who are candidates for a cochlear but have not moved forward to receive one. Please forward this information to adults who fit the above criteria.

Title: Incorporating Electrically Evoked Stapedial Reflex Threshold (ESRT) Testing into Cochlear Implant Clinical Practice
Summary: Electrically Evoked Stapedial Reflex Threshold (ESRT) testing has garnered significant attention for the objective value such assessments add to the clinical management of cochlear implant recipients. It is particularly valuable in populations where behavioral assessment may be limited, impossible, or may lack true validity, such as in pediatrics, cognitively impaired recipients, cases of medical comorbidity, and/or long-term duration of deafness. The study will address the incorporation of ESRTs into CI clinical practice and will seek to identify potential barriers and stimulate best practice discussions.
Audience: Audiologists

Title: “Utilization of Genetics Services in the Diagnosis of Hearing Loss in Newborns in the State of
Summary: Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University are inviting Otolaryngologists and Audiologists to participate in a study regarding the use of genetics in the diagnosis of congenital hearing loss in the state of Ohio. Please consider taking 10 minutes to complete a survey regarding your experiences as part of the diagnostic team for congenital hearing loss. Upon completion of the survey, you will have the option to provide an e-mail to be placed in a drawing for a $10 Starbucks e-gift card.
Audience: Ohio providers – Otolaryngologists, Audiologists




The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.