UHealth audiologist Dr. Meredith Holcomb co-authors a seminal consensus paper on cochlear implantation
By Leigh Wilkins
Photography by Tom Salyer
ochlear implants have the potential to help millions of adults with hearing loss. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of adults who qualify for this life-changing technology have access to it. A consensus paper authored by 31 hearing experts from around the world could change that.
Published on August 27 in JAMA Otolaryngology, the paper includes 20 statements based on consolidated published evidence related to diagnosis, referral, treatment, and aftercare for adults living with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. The goal is to raise awareness and improve access through clinical practice to provide the best possible hearing outcomes and quality of life in adults eligible for a cochlear implant.
Meredith Holcomb, Au.D., an audiologist at UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, was one of the paper’s co-authors.
“I was honored to serve on this panel, which included some of the most renowned otolaryngologists and audiologists from around the world,” Dr. Holcomb said. “It was a process of many months that involved a systematic review of literature, three rounds of voting, and a one-day meeting in Los Angeles. It was exciting to be part of a group that is so passionate about improving access to cochlear implantation.”
Much of Dr. Holcomb’s expertise is in the area of cochlear implants. She directs the multidisciplinary UHealth Ear Institute Hearing Implant Program and is chair of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. This national organization helps improve access to cochlear implants, fuel research, and increase awareness and advocacy about these devices. Dr. Holcomb also helps train audiologists at UHealth who want to specialize in pediatric hearing loss and cochlear implantation.
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