ACI Alliance Member Surveys
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ACI Alliance Member Survey Activities

In an effort to support and advance research activities by our members, ACI Alliance provides a 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 solicit and electronically distribute surveys that have been submitted by members.This has resulted in valuable publications, presentations at our meetings, and improvements in clinic services.

Twice every year—in February and in August—we will solicit and electronically distribute surveys that have been submitted by members. This has resulted in valuable publications as well as presentations at our meetings.

    August 2020 Member Surveys

Title: Current Practices with Pediatric SSD and Cochlear Implantation
Summary: Single sided deafness (SSD) is a relatively new indication for pediatric cochlear implantation. We are interested in current clinical practice regarding pediatric SSD at cochlear implant centers across the USA
Audience: Otolaryngologists and audiologists

Title: Impact of Current Healthcare Landscape on Cochlear Implant Practices
Summary: This survey is designed to evaluate the impact of our ever changing healthcare landscape on our daily practice and long-range planning for our programs as well as our field. We will explore current center demands, referral processes, protocols, attrition, use of manufacturer support services and the consideration of remote audiologic and rehabilitative services. Identification of needs and practices will be the catalyst to improve each center’s viability in our new environment.
Audience: Adult CI audiologists

Title: Cochlear Implant Imaging
Summary: This study investigates the most common pre-operative and intra-operative imaging practices and how these findings influence surgical decisions in cochlear implantation. Responses are anonymous and the survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.
Audience: CI surgeons

Title: Focused Listening with a New Cochlear Implant
Summary: This study will investigate the recommendations of cochlear implant audiologists when working with new cochlear implant recipients. Specifically, the question of whether or not cochlear implant audiologists recommend listening with only a newly implanted ear, without hearing aid or a first implant on the contralateral ear, is of interest.
Audience: Audiologists who work with cochlear implant recipients

Title: Music Perception and Appreciation for Adults
Summary: We are interested in how and why adults listen to music, and if this differs if an individual has a hearing loss. The second phase of our project looks at how music perception differs between individuals with and without cochlear implants. Knowledge from this project will help us to understand if having a hearing loss affects enjoyment or appreciation of music, which is the second most important sound that we listen to. We ask that clinics and professionals working with individuals with CIs let their patients fill out this link, which will register their contact info with our lab. This “contact form” takes approximately 5 minutes. Then, a researcher will get in touch with the individual about scheduling a virtual appointment.
Audience: Adults with CIs (Anyone in the clinic, center, or school is urged to share the link with patients/others)

Title: Providers Managing Spanish Speaking Children
Summary: This survey will collect information on current best practice for both audiology and speech therapy providers regarding the management of bilingual or monolingual Spanish speaking children (0-18 years). Individuals participating in the survey need not be bilingual in order to participate in the survey, nor does the person need to be a pediatric provider. We are seeking individuals who have some experience working with children/families and/or teens and tweens who are bilingual and/or monolingual Spanish speakers.
Audience: Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiology externs and students, SLP students

Student Surveys

Title: Pediatric Cochlear Implantation in Children Aged 5 Years and Younger In the United States
Summary: This survey is to explore current trends in pediatric bilateral cochlear implantation, including benefits and cost trends.
Audience: Cochlear implant surgeons and audiologists

Title: Music Listening Habits Survey
Summary: CI users have significant impairments when perceiving musical information, particularly for pitch, timbre, dynamic range, and sound quality. However, little is known about the genre of music CI users listen to and their perception of music in different environmental contexts. In this study, we aim to compare the genres of music that cochlear implant users and normal hearing individuals listen to at different time points of their lives, as well as to examine their perception of music in different environmental contexts. Healthy normal hearing volunteers will be enrolled to provide a control comparison group to CI users as they would provide reference music listening habits when no profound hearing impairments are present. We will conduct a survey of CI users and normal hearing individuals to examine these music listening habits, in order to identify significant trends in preferences and habits that may reflect relative advantages/disadvantages for processing of specific musical stimuli. Understanding music listening habits in CI users could guide future improvements in CI technology, as well as support a better understanding of CI use at a population level.
Audience: Children (14+) and Children with and without CIs (Anyone in the clinic, center, or school is urged to share the link with patients/others)

Title: Exploring Quality Management Strategies to Mitigate Culture Shock among Cochlear Implant Users
Summary: The study is to explore the management strategies needed among cochlear implant (CI) users encountering cultural differences carried on through a language expression in the host environment abroad. The host country offers a culture carrying a language expression distinctly different from the one initiated in CI user’s expression. A change in one's familiar environment that fosters cultural differences requires adjustment and the quality of interaction. A related management strategy involves mitigating derivative factors of the cultural backlash that manifests when interacting throughout the hearing and language expression. The mitigation is instrumental to a reliable familiarization of cochlear implant users in the host environment abroad where they travel in the world. That is why it is necessary to explore management strategies to prevent post cochlear implantation process inconsistencies producing a loss of quality in a host environment abroad.
Audience: Managers and others on adult CI teams including audiologists, speech-language pathologists and clinical psychologists

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.