Survey of cochlear implant user satisfaction with the Neptune™ waterproof sound processor

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Jeroen J. Briaire
Indian Research Group
Andreas Büchner
Gennaro Auletta
Helena Arroyo
Carmen Zoilo
Patrizia Mancini
Roberta Buhagiar
Neelam Vaid
Nathalie Mathias *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Nathalie Mathias | nathalie.mathias@advancedbionics.com

Abstract

A multi-center self-assessment survey was conducted to evaluate patient satisfaction with the Advanced Bionics Neptune™ waterproof sound processor used with the AquaMic™ totally submersible microphone. Subjective satisfaction with the different Neptune™ wearing options, comfort, ease of use, sound quality and use of the processor in a range of active and water related situations were assessed for 23 adults and 73 children, using an online and paper based questionnaire. Upgraded subjects compared their previous processor to the Neptune™. The Neptune™ was most popular for use in general sports and in the pool. Subjects were satisfied with the sound quality of the sound processor outside and under water and following submersion. Seventyeight percent of subjects rated waterproofness as being very useful and 83% of the newly implanted subjects selected waterproofness as one of the reasons why they chose the Neptune™ processor. Providing a waterproof sound processor is considered by cochlear implant recipients to be useful and important and is a factor in their processor choice. Subjects reported that they were satisfied with the Neptune™ sound quality, ease of use and different wearing options.

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