National Paediatric Bilateral Audit
Fourteen cochlear implant centres in the UK formed a consortium and agreed on appropriate test procedures to audit the benefit children receive from bilateral cochlear implants. The consortium took advice from specialist researchers, clinicians, surgeons, and a representative from a patient group (CICS Group)
Data collection occurred at four intervals: before bilateral cochlear implants or before the sequential implant, one year, two years, and three years after bilateral implants. The measures evaluated localisation, speech recognition in quiet and background noise, speech production, listening, vocabulary, parental perception, quality of life, and surgical data including complications.