Cochlear Implant Candidacy Information

Cochlear Implant Candidacy Criteria

 

Adults

  • Individuals 18 years of age or older
  • Moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears
  • Limited benefit from amplification defined by preoperative test scores of ≤ 50% sentence recognition in the ear to be implanted and ≤60% in the opposite ear or binaurally1 

Children (2-17 Years)

  • Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Limited benefit from binaural amplification
  • Multisyllabic Lexical Neighborhood Test (MLNT) or Lexical Neighborhood Test (LNT) scores ≤ 30%

Children (12-24 Months)

  • Profound sensorineural hearing loss
  • Limited benefit from binaural amplification

Important Considerations:

  • Remember that many individuals with residual low frequency hearing are CI candidates and can benefit from CI.
  • When appropriate, discuss use of acoustic hearing: Does your patient have a passion for music? Work in noisy or reverberant environments? What are lifestyle demands?
  • Determine motivation to experiment with hearing aids, in both the implanted and/or contralateral ears.
  • Discuss the opportunity to use acoustic hearing to manage expectations and rehabilitation options, when appropriate.
  1. HINT or other test materials