Safety and outcomes of cochlear implantation in the elderly: A review of recent literature

Zao Yang, Maura Cosetti

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Global demographic changes related to longevity are leading to increasing numbers of the elderly, for whom hearing loss is a significant cause of morbidity and disability. Once met with reticence, severely hearing impaired older adults are increasingly being considered for cochlear implantation (CI). Significant data indicate that CI in the elderly population is safe, well-tolerated, and effective. Risks from CI surgery and anesthesia are low and generally comparable to rates in other age groups. Outcomes studies regarding CI in older adults have shown excellent improvements to speech perception, quality of life, and even cognition. Overall, currently available data suggests that advanced age should not, in itself, be considered a barrier to implantation. This review paper will highlight selected articles from recent medical literature regarding the safety and efficacy of CI in the elderly population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Otology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cochlear implants
  • Efficacy
  • Elderly
  • Hearing loss
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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