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The following general criteria are used to determine candidacy for a cochlear implant:

Adults
•    18 years of age or older.
•    Severe-to-profound, bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (greater than or equal to 70 dB HL).
•    Limited benefit from appropriately fitted hearing aids, defined as scoring 50% or less on a test of open-set sentence recognition (Hearing in Noise Test [HINT] Sentences). (For Medicare patients, the score is 40% or less in the best aided condition)
Children
Young children: 12 month to 2 years:
•    Bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss
•    Lack of progress in development of auditory skills with a hearing aid or other amplification
•    High motivation and realistic expectations from family
•    No medical conditions that would interfere with cochlear implant procedure
Children: 2 to 17 years:
•    Bilateral severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss
•    Lack of progress in development of auditory skills with a hearing aid or other amplification
•    High motivation and realistic expectations from family
•    No medical conditions that would interfere with cochlear implant procedure
**The criteria above are general guidelines only. Each patient is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the implant team to determine if a cochlear implant is in the patient’s and family’s best interests.

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"Comparison of Cochlear Implants".