Boys Town National Research Hospital offers cochlear implantation of both ears, in addition to single-side implant surgery. Bilateral implantation may be an option for individuals who are cochlear implant (CI) candidates or current CI recipients who already have one ear implanted. There are two options for bilateral cochlear implantation:
The same candidacy criteria for single-sided cochlear implant surgery apply to bilateral implant surgery.
Insurance coverage for bilateral CIs has been sporadic. Some insurance companies will pay, some won’t, and some will pay only after an initial denial has been appealed (sometimes more than once). The cochlear implant manufacturers have resources to assist implant centers with insurance approvals/appeals for bilateral CIs. There are some resources available to assist candidates in this process:
The following websites contain personal accounts of bilateral cochlear implantation from the recipient's perspective. Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Lied Learning and Technology Center for Childhood Deafness and Vision Disorders is in no way affiliated with or responsible for the information contained in the following websites: