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Who does the cochlear implant work for best?

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The devices work best for children who:

  • Have profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Get limited help from hearing aids
  • Are healthy
  • Are ready to learn how to communicate with a cochlear implant
  • Have support from their parents, teachers, and school programs to help them gain hearing skills
  • Are younger than age 5
  • Join in intensive speech therapy and programs to teach speaking skills

From: Understanding Cochlear Implants WebMD Medical Reference

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 June 01, 2016

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 June 01, 2016

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