Objective: The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between the electrically evoked compound action potential (EAP) thresholds and the MAP thresholds (T-levels) and maximum comfort levels (C-levels) in children implanted with the Nucleus 24 device. Design: EAP thresholds were measured using the Neural Response Telemetry system of the Nucleus 24 device. Twenty children implanted with the Nucleus 24 cochlear implant participated in this study. EAP thresholds were compared with the behavioral measures of T- and C-level used to construct the MAP these children used on a daily basis. For these subjects, both EAP and MAP T- and C-levels were obtained the same visit, which occurred at 3 to 5 mo postconnection. Results: EAP thresholds were shown to fall between MAP T- and C-level for 18 of 20 subjects tested; however, considerable variability across subjects was noted. On average, EAP thresholds fell at 53% of the MAP dynamic range. Correlations between EAP threshold and MAP T- and C-level improved substantially when combined with behavioral measures obtained from one electrode in the array. Conclusions: Moderate correlations were found between EAP thresholds and MAP T- and C-levels for the children participating in this study. However, a technique is described for improving the accuracy of predictions of MAP T- and C-levels based on EAP data combined with a small amount of behavioral information.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Speech and Hearing