Candidacy

 
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The criteria for cochlear implant candidacy are constantly changing as a result of new technology and research outcomes.

Current cochlear implant candidacy criteria for children

  • Age 12 months or older
  • Bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss (thresholds of 90 dB or greater) for children under age 18 months.
  • Bilateral severe-profound sensorineural hearing loss for children age 18 months and up.
  • Limited benefit with appropriately fit hearing aids
  • Lack of progress in auditory skill development
  • No physical contraindications for placement of the implant (i.e., CT scan results)
  • Medically cleared to undergo surgery
  • Realistic expectations and commitment to follow-up appointments

Current cochlear implant candidacy criteria for adults

  • Bilateral severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss (thresholds of 70 dB HL or greater)
  • Limited benefit with appropriately fit hearing aids
  • No physical contraindications for placement of the implant (i.e., CT scan results)
  • Medically cleared to undergo surgery
  • Realistic expectations and commitment to follow-up appointments

I think I might be a candidate. What do I do next?

Please mail or fax completed forms to:

Mary Patterson
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Lied Learning and Technology Center
425 North 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131
Fax: 402-452-5028

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