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Who gets a cochlear implant?
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Presently, the major indication for a cochlear implant is bilateral total deafness.
However, in some centers otologic surgeons are performing this surgery for unilateral total deafness if the state or the insurance companies will cover the cost. Recently i read that it has been considered for severe incapacitating tinnitus but that i feel is too early to consider as a reliable procedure.

In brief: Varies
Presently, the major indication for a cochlear implant is bilateral total deafness.
However, in some centers otologic surgeons are performing this surgery for unilateral total deafness if the state or the insurance companies will cover the cost. Recently i read that it has been considered for severe incapacitating tinnitus but that i feel is too early to consider as a reliable procedure.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Dale Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees
In brief: CI not for everyone
To get a cochlear implant (ci) in the us, in general you have to have nerve deafness of a high enough severity that a hearing aid isn't enough to let you hear. At this point, it is typically performed for bilateral (both ears) having this severe hearing loss.
Research is being done on ci with lesser hearing loss or in cases of single sided deafness, but most insurances wouldn't pay for that.

In brief: CI not for everyone
To get a cochlear implant (ci) in the us, in general you have to have nerve deafness of a high enough severity that a hearing aid isn't enough to let you hear. At this point, it is typically performed for bilateral (both ears) having this severe hearing loss.
Research is being done on ci with lesser hearing loss or in cases of single sided deafness, but most insurances wouldn't pay for that.
Dr. Dale Tylor
Dr. Dale Tylor
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Dr. Joshua Gottschall
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Cochlear implants
Cochlear implants are devices used to treat patient with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss for which traditional hearing aids provide little or no benefit.
Patients generally undergo extensive medical and audiologic evaluation to determine candidacy, and will generally require therapy and support after surgery to help ensure successful cochlear implant surgery.

In brief: Cochlear implants
Cochlear implants are devices used to treat patient with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss for which traditional hearing aids provide little or no benefit.
Patients generally undergo extensive medical and audiologic evaluation to determine candidacy, and will generally require therapy and support after surgery to help ensure successful cochlear implant surgery.
Dr. Joshua Gottschall
Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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