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Who is not a candidate for a cochlear implant

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Updated November 26, 2011

Question: Who is not a candidate for a cochlear implant
I am frequently asked by parents if their child will qualify for a cochlear implant, and adults also ask if they will qualify. Here is a list of conditions that may cause a candidate to be turned down for a cochlear implant.
Answer:
  • If patient has too much hearing
  • If there is too much benefit from a hearing aid
  • Too young (currently FDA approved for 12 months and up with a few exceptions)
  • Physically can not use a cochlear implant
  • Body can not tolerate surgery
  • Candidate has a unilateral, not a bilateral, hearing loss
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