Who is a Cochlear Implant right for?

Cochlear implants are recommended when a person cannot hear well with hearing aids. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of cochlear implants for children who meet the specified criteria:

General Criteria

  • Children at least 12 months of age
  • Children with severe-to-profound hearing loss
  • Children who are healthy enough to have the surgery
  • Children whose families are motivated to follow through with therapy and full time device use.

Younger children

  • Who have no benefit from well fitted hearing aids that are worn all of the time, and
  • No progress or change in auditory development

Older children

  • Who are unable to understand at least 30% of the words with listening only tests