Grand Rounds in Cochlear Implant Candidacy
Over the years, cochlear implant candidacy has changed
dramatically. When devices were first introduced, only patients with little to
no ability to recognize speech were considered. Advances in technology and
evolving ideas about who can benefit from a cochlear implant have expanded the
candidate pool, which now can include adults and children with greater
preoperative residual hearing, nontraditional candidates (such as those with
additional disabilities), and “off label” patients who do not meet the approved
indications for the device but could benefit nonetheless (such as those with
single sided deafness or asymmetrical, progressive hearing loss).
This course explains the candidacy changes in greater
detail and provides guidelines to help professionals determine if a referral to
a cochlear implant center is appropriate for a particular patient. The webinar
outlines the roles of audiologists and SLPs in making these recommendations and
also discusses how to counsel patients regarding their possible candidacy for a
You will be able to:
current FDA indications and insurance coverage options for adults and children
to receive a cochlear implant
the difference between a recommendation to implant a patient who meets FDA
indications and a recommendation to implant a patient who does not meet FDA indications
various counseling topics that should be covered when a patient is referred for
a cochlear implant evaluation
What is Included?
You'll get online access to all the course content, including the full video, references, and eManual, so you can access it from anywhere!
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.