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Cochlear Implant Candidacy Criteria

​​​Cochlear implant candidacy is based on each individual’s hearing ability and projected outcomes with a cochlear implant. Therefore, a comprehensive assessment is necessary. Boys Town audiologists have extensive experience and knowledge in evaluating children and adults for a cochlear implant. The candidacy evaluation may consist of some or all of the following appointments:

  • Audiological and hearing aid assessment
  • Speech, language, auditory skills, and/or general communication assessment
  • Medical/surgical evaluation
  • Computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Balance assessment
  • Device orientation
  • Counseling and expectations visit

Cochlear Implant Candidacy for Children

  • Approximately age 12 months or older
  • Bilateral severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Limited benefit with appropriately fit hearing aids
  • Lack of progress in auditory skill development despite appropriate intervention
  • No physical contraindications for placement of the implant (i.e., MRI or CT results)
  • Medically cleared to undergo surgery
  • Realistic expectations and commitment to follow-up appointments

Learn more about making the decision for children and proceeding with a cochlear implant.

Cochlear Implant Candidacy for Adults

  • Bilateral moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Limited benefit with appropriately fit hearing aids
  • No physical contraindications for placement of the implant (e.g., MRI or CT results)
  • Medically cleared to undergo surgery
  • Realistic expectations and commitment to follow-up appointments

Read more about considerations and factors that go into making the decision for adults.

Cochlear Implant Candidacy Questionnaire

If you are interested in being evaluated for a cochlear implant, please fill out the forms below to begin the candidacy process.

Pediatric candidates should print and complete the following:

Adult candidates should print and complete the following:

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