Criteria for Cochlear Implants for Adults

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Young people talking. Many adults can benefit from a cochlear implant.Many adults can benefit from a cochlear implant.
To ensure cochlear implants are appropriate and that the individual can receive the most benefit from the device, there are certain criteria to become a candidate.
Adult Criteria for Cochlear Implants

Criteria for adult cochlear implantation at UW Hospital and Clinics include:
  • 18 years or older
  • Moderate-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears
  • Inability to benefit from a hearing aid or other prosthetic device for communication
  • Motivation to incorporate listening in daily communication
  • Patients must not have a medical condition that places them at high risk for surgery
  • Patient must be committed to attending regularly scheduled programming sessions as well as possible aural rehabilitation sessions following cochlear implantation
  • No medical contraindications
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