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Preliminary assessment of the feasibility of using AB words to assess candidacy in adults
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    Journal article
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    Vickers DA, Riley A, Ricaud R, Verschuur C, Cooper S, Nunn T, Webb K, Muff J, Harris F, Chung M, Humphries J, Langshaw A, Poynter-Smith E, Totten C, Tapper L, Ridgwell J, Mawman D, de Estibariz UM, O Driscoll M, George N, Pinto F, Hall A, Llewellyn C, Miah R, Al-Malky G, Kitterick PT
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    17, 21
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    Cochlear Implants International
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© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.Background: Adult cochlear implant (CI) candidacy is assessed in part by the use of speech perception measures. In the United Kingdom the current cut-off point to fall within the CI candidacy range is a score of less than 50% on the BKB sentences presented in quiet (presented at 70 dBSPL). Goal: The specific goal of this article was to review the benefit of adding the AB word test to the assessment test battery for candidacy. Results: The AB word test scores showed good sensitivity and specificity when calculated based on both word and phoneme scores. The word score equivalent for 50% correct on the BKB sentences was 18.5% and it was 34.5% when the phoneme score was calculated; these scores are in line with those used in centres in Wales (15% AB word score). Conclusion: The goal of the British Cochlear Implant Group (BCIG) service evaluation was to determine if the pre-implant assessment measures are appropriate and set at the correct level for determining candidacy, the future analyses will determine whether the speech perception cut-off point for candidacy should be adjusted and whether other more challenging measures should be used in the candidacy evaluation.
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