The outcome of the cochlear implant is dependent highly on the knowledge, belief and practice of cochlear implant in otolaryngologists who are among the important team members. The study explored the knowledge, beliefs, and practices towards cochlear implantations among otorhinolaryngologists in India. An online cross-sectional survey study was carried out using convenient sampling among otorhinolaryngologists in India. Phase-I involved developing and validating of a questionnaire to study the knowledge, beliefs, and practices towards cochlear implants among otorhinolaryngologists in India while phase II involved administration of the questionnaire and analysis. Data collection was conducted using Google Forms. A total of 106 otorhinolaryngologists participated across 24–65 years of age and with experience ranging from 1 to 42 years. The participating otorhinolaryngologists reported having good knowledge about the candidacy for a cochlear implant but having limited knowledge of the recent developments and governmental schemes. The otorhinolaryngologists displayed positive beliefs regarding cochlear implantation. Most recommended a battery of tests to determine the candidacy and gave a lot of importance to rehabilitation (96.2%) and surgery for implantation (83%). The respondents also practiced giving importance to a team approach involving multiple team members. High costs and financial burden emerged to be the major challenges for cochlear implantation in India. The findings of the survey indicate an overall positive belief and practices towards cochlear implantation by otorhinolaryngologists in India. However, there is a need to spread more awareness among them about the recent advances and schemes that would further improve their service delivery.
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|Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
|Published - 04-2023
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