Cochlear implant candidacy, a process and aural rehabilitation after surgery, is a big commitment. Candidacy requires audiological approval by a Doctor of Audiology, medical clearance by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician and approval from your insurance company. A typical candidacy timeline and ongoing rehabilitation treatment plan is outlined here.
Cochlear implant candidacy begins with a comprehensive hearing evaluation to determine if hearing loss and speech discrimination meets initial requirements. If initial testing reveals that you do not meet initial candidacy requirements, you will be scheduled for a communication needs assessment to evaluate your needs and desires for traditional amplification (hearing aids).
After initial hearing loss criteria candidacy is met, speech discrimination testing with up-to-date and verified hearing aids is completed. Implantation is considered if you experience little to no benefit with conventional hearing aids and demonstrate poor speech discrimination during testing protocols. Realistic expectations, outcomes and the rehabilitation commitment after implantation is discussed in great detail. Once you qualify as a cochlear implant candidate based on audiological results, a medical evaluation will be scheduled with a cochlear implant specialist physician of your choice. We have relationships with physician specialists in the Boulder/Denver area that we can recommend.