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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 adults are as follows:

  • 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