Disparities in cochlear implantation: summary and recommendations

Amanda G. Davis, Marissa Schuh, Karen Hawley, Matthew L. Bush

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Cochlear implantation and the necessary supportive hearing healthcare can provide profound positive impacts on hearing and communication for children and adults; however, access to and utilization of these hearing healthcare services is not equitable for all populations. A wide range of social determinants of health impact the delivery of hearing healthcare and each determinant can be influenced by a wide range of modulating factors. Considering the importance of timing and quality of the care delivered, there is a pressing need to define disparities in cochlear implantation and develop multidisciplinary approaches to promote equitable cochlear implant care. Addressing this problem is complex; however, access and utilization could be positively impacted by an effective communication strategy of the importance of hearing and hearing loss treatments to broader audiences combined with translational applications of interventions that engage community members and technological advancement to provide comprehensive hearing healthcare to those with hearing loss.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealthcare Disparities in Otolaryngology
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9780443107146
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

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  • Access to care
  • Cochlear implant
  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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