Criteria for Cochlear Implants in Children

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Pediatric Audiology
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Kids in fieldFor children with severe-to-profound hearing loss, cochlear implants can make a significant difference in their quality of life. 
However, there are certain criteria for the use of cochlear implants in children.
Criteria for Cochlear Implants in Children
Criteria for pediatric cochlear implantation include:
  • 12 months of age or older
  • Severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears
  • Inability to benefit from a hearing aid or other prosthetic device for communication
  • Parents and/or families of patients must demonstrate a clear motivation to function (or have their child function) within a general community that depends on spoken communication
  • Must be enrolled in an educational program that emphasizes development of auditory and verbal skills
  • Patients must not have a medical condition that places them at high risk for surgery
  • Parents and families must be committed to attending regularly scheduled training, mapping and follow-up sessions following implantation
  • No medical contraindications
Bilateral Cochlear Implants
In some cases, physicians may recommend bilateral cochlear implants. At this time, not all insurers cover bilateral cochlear implants. Please check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.