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

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 Implants and Musicians: Audiologist Practices
Summary: The purpose of this survey is to collect information regarding how cochlear implant audiologists manage device selection and programming for musicians.
Audience: CI audiologists working with musicians

Title: Cochlear implantation in Single Sided Deafness
This survey is designed to investigate trends in cochlear implant (CI) candidacy assessment for individuals with single sided deafness (SSD). This survey should take less than 5 min to complete. We greatly appreciate your time and participation. Please contact: with any questions or concerns.
Audience: Any clinicians who work with cochlear implant candidates

Title: A Survey of Audiologists' Vestibular Assessment Rates in Pediatric Patients
Summary: The purpose of this survey is to investigate the current trends of practicing audiologists regarding assessment of vestibular function in pediatric patients with severe to profound hearing loss. To best target this patient population, the survey is directed towards audiologists who work with cochlear implant candidates, due to their likelihood of presenting with severe to profound hearing loss. It has been established in the literature that children with severe to profound hearing loss have a significant prevalence of vestibular abnormalities and/or impairments, ranging from 10-85% of the population across sources. The question this data will help answer is: “Are audiologists assessing for vestibular impairments in children with severe to profound hearing loss, who may be cochlear implant candidates?” Based on responses (which will remain anonymous), I can define today’s trends for evaluating vestibular function in the pediatric population with severe to profound hearing loss for my clinical doctorate project.
Audience: Audiologists working with pediatric cochlear implant candidates/patients

Title: Veterans' Access to Cochlear Implants
Summary: The purpose of this survey is to explore whether and how veterans receiving hearing health services in the VHA system receive information on their possible candidacy for a cochlear implant. This survey is intended to be taken by CI clinicians who are outside of the VHA system who may see veterans in their clinic.
Audience: Any clinician in a non-Veterans Health Administration CI clinic who may serve veterans

Title: Clinicians' Attitudes on Tinnitus Management in the Cochlear Implant Clinic
Summary: We aim to assess clinicians' attitudes on tinnitus management for patients using cochlear implants (CIs). The rationale for developing this survey is that, although CIs have shown positive results as a treatment for tinnitus, there is very little known about clinicians’ attitudes in the management of tinnitus in the CI clinic. Specifically, this survey will help determine the following: a) Do clinicians counsel CI recipients and potential candidates about tinnitus?, b) Is there a clinical protocol for management of tinnitus in the CI clinic?, and c) What tinnitus treatments and CI programming adjustments have clinicians tried and found successful in reducing the prominence of the patient’s tinnitus? Finally, we also want to inquire about training for clinicians who see patients in the CI clinic with tinnitus to determine the level of support provided to them.
Audience: CI audiologists (Note: If you have already taken an ACI Alliance distributed survey on tinnitus from the University of Iowa, we ask that you not take this again.)

Title: Barriers to Adoption of New Cochlear Implant Technologies or Processes
Summary: The purpose of this survey is to assess barriers to adoption of new cochlear implant technologies.
Audience: Cochlear implant surgeons and audiologists

Future Surveys:

The next round will be published in August 2019. Plan ahead. Long surveys that take more than 10 minutes to complete will have lower response rates.

If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity, send an email with the following information to our executive director Donna Sorkin ( by February 18, 2019. Your email should include the following information about the survey that you wish for us to publish:

Link to the survey

The following four surveys provide examples of prior surveys and how to format such requests:

Title: How, when and where do children learn?
Summary: The Thirty Million Words team at the University of Chicago would appreciate your participation in a short survey related to children's development. Anyone who completes the survey by March 5th will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle.
Audience: All members of ACI Alliance.

Title: National Survey of Adult Aural Rehabilitation
Summary: This survey aims to investigate cochlear implant (CI) centers’ clinical experiences providing aural rehabilitation to ADULT patients with CIs. This survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Aaron Moberly at
Audience: Clinicians who work with adults with cochlear implants

Title: Aural Rehabilitation for Adults with Cochlear Implants
Summary: The purpose of this survey is to examine how professionals who work with adults with cochlear implants view aural rehabilitation.
Audience: If you are a professional who works with adults with cochlear implants in any capacity, you are eligible to participate.


Title: Contemporary procedures used to evaluate cochlear implant candidates
Summary: The purpose of this survey is to collect information regarding test procedures and test materials that are currently being used to determine cochlear implant candidacy for adults.
Audience: CI audiologists working with adults




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.