By Ryan Lopez, Director of Nucleus® Product Management & Marketing
With more than two decades of reporting on reliability, cochlear implants have set the bar high, and the data and information can be interpreted in different ways. Having access to and understanding the complete data and information is important. Transparency in reporting and the importance of reliability over time, to name a few, help patients and professionals have access to the full picture of implant reliability.
Here are 5 things to remember when reading a Reliability Report:
All implant generations are reported
Are all device generations represented and how many years from each generation are being reported?
Total number of registered devices over time
Are the number of implants included for each of those generations?
Reports reliability by children and adult
Does the report separate out pediatrics versus adult?
Cumulative survival rate and device removals
In addition to our standard report, in 2019 Cochlear was the first to comply with an industry-driven partnership that developed reporting guidelines compliant with ANSI/AAMI standards. As a result, our reporting has further increased in transparency in implant reliability reporting based on Cumulative Survival Rate (Cochlear Annual Report) and implant reliability report based on device removals (ANSI/AAMI Report).
Does the report include sound processor reliability reporting in addition to implant reliability?