The Role of Diagnostic Tests of Hearing and Balance in the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Patient Journey

1 - 2 hours
09 February 2022


This course provides an overview of the importance of vestibular test in children with sensorineural hearing loss who are eligible for cochlear implants. It is taken from the 2nd Trends in Paediatrics 4-day course hosted in May 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the prevalence of balance problems, risk factors, and associated syndromes in infants and children.
  • Review the global perspective of hearing and balance assessment in CI pathway for pediatric recipients.
  • Understand role of diagnostic tools in the testing of the vestibular end organ (cVEMP and vHIT, rotational chairs).
  • Understand the consequences of not performing pre and post vestibular assessment in the pediatric CI patient.


Darren Whelan
Darren holds an undergraduate degree in audiology and postgraduate master’s degrees in health science, neurophysiology, and clinical research. His resumé includes several clinical positions in the National Health Service (NHS). Prior to his current occupation as an International Clinical Trainer in the Interacoustics Academy, Darren held a clinical audiology and research scientist role in the UK, where he investigated patients with auditory and vestibular pathology, and managed a portfolio of NIHR adopted research studies. He has been a guest speaker at national and international conventions, enjoys teaching and providing clinical insights on the management of patients with dizziness and is a contributing author on published audiological and vestibular articles. Darren is an adjunct professor at Salus University in the USA, lecturing on the Doctor of Audiology degree.

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