Objectives: To assess whether electrical stimulation sequentially delivered through 4 electrodes located in different cochlear areas may elicit the stapedial reflex at lower levels compared to single electrode stimulation and to correlate the sequentially obtained values with the maximum comfort level (C-level). Patients and methods: A retrospective study was performed on 35 post-verbal adult patients (age 19–80 years) consecutively implanted in 2 cochlear implant centers, evaluating the level of stimulation (pulse width) necessary to electrically evoke the stapedial reflex with two different stimulation modalities: single electrode versus sequential 4 electrode stimulation. Threshold values were compared with C-level obtained at activation. Results: The average differences of pulse width and C-level were significantly smaller (P < 0.0001) when the stapedial reflex was obtained with the sequential stimulation modality and reached statistical significance for every single electrode (P < 0.0001). Conclusions: Stapedial reflex thresholds obtained with sequential stimulation through 4 different electrodes significantly correlate to the C-level obtained at the first setting and may be helpful in defining the upper limit of the dynamic field during initial CI mapping.
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