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Cochlear Implant Program

Criteria for implantation

Age

  • 0 to 18 years
  • If deafness is congenital or prelingual, younger children seem to progress faster and benefit more than older children
  • If deafness is postlingual (over age 5), children of any age can benefit, if implanted shortly after onset of profound hearing loss

Audiological criteria

  • Severe to profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss
  • Limited benefit from hearing aids despite appropriate training and consistent hearing aid use

Speech and Language Level

  • The gap between spoken language age and chronological age will need to be be assessed (as this has an impact on the expectations for speech-language success with the implant)

Educational

  • The child must have access to a school and therapy program with a strong auditory emphasis

Psycho-social

  • The family must be willing and able to take part in extensive pre- and post- implant assessment and therapy
  • Family must have realistic expectations of benefit
  • Child must understand process and provide consent (if possible and appropriate)

Medical/Surgical Criteria*

  • Deafness can not be due to lesions of the acoustic nerve or central auditory pathways
  • Deafness cannot be due to an absence of cochlear development
  • Cochlear ossification that prevents electrode insertion may affect your child's candidacy

* medical/surgical contraindications are determined by the surgeon