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Position Statement: Minimal Test Battery for Cochlear Implants

Position Statement: Minimal Test Battery for Cochlear Implants

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery endorses the concept of the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) and Consonant-Noise-Consonant (CNC) Test as minimal research reporting requirements for results of cochlear implantation in adults. The minimum test battery shall apply, at present, to adult patients only and is not required with respect to patients who have already been implanted.

Adopted 9/10/1997
Submitted for Review 3/1/1998
Reaffirmed 3/1/1998
Reaffirmed 12/8/2012
Reviewed 9/17/2016


  1. Luxford WM. Minimum speech test battery for postlingually deafened adult cochlear implant patients. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001 Feb;124(2):125‐6.
  2. MSTB: The new minimum speech test battery., 2011.

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