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Who should get a cochlear implant?

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says the device is best for adults who have:

  • Severe to profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Hearing loss after they’ve already learned speech and language
  • Limited help from hearing aids
  • No medical problems that would make surgery risky
  • A strong desire to hear better
  • A good understanding of what the device will -- and won’t -- do for them

Also, cochlear implants work better for people who have lost their hearing recently, as well as those who’ve already used a hearing aid successfully.

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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