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What are the tests for cochlear implants?

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You may have tests, such as:

  • An exam of your external, middle, and inner ear to check for infections or other issues
  • Hearing tests such as an audiogram, a graph that charts how you respond to specific sounds
  • A hearing aid evaluation
  • CT or MRI scans to check the inner ear and hearing nerve (these tests will tell your doctor if your cochlea has a normal shape)
  • A physical exam
  • A psychological exam to see if you can handle the changes that come with the implant (this test is more common for children)

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Hearing Loss and Deafness."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "NIDCD Fact Sheet: Cochlear Implants."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Cochlear Implants."

FDA: "Benefits and Risks of Cochlear Implants," "Cochlear Implants: Before, During and After Surgery."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on August 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Hearing Loss and Deafness."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "NIDCD Fact Sheet: Cochlear Implants."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Cochlear Implants."

FDA: "Benefits and Risks of Cochlear Implants," "Cochlear Implants: Before, During and After Surgery."

Reviewed by Brandon Isaacson on August 30, 2020

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