The first cochlear implant was approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1985. Since that time, well over 220,000 people worldwide have received the device, including over 75,000 people in the United States.
To determine whether a cochlear implant is right for you, consider the following:
- You should have a moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in one ear
- You receive little or no benefit with hearing aids
- You have a clear understanding of cochlear implantation and the end results
- You are committed to the process and follow-up appointments
Cochlear Implants Are Not for Everyone
Whether a cochlear implant is right for you will be a decision that you and your implant team make together. While cochlear implants have helped many people, they may not be appropriate for individuals:
- with sufficient benefit from hearing aids
- with profound hearing loss for prolonged periods of time
- with a damaged cochlea or auditory nerve
- with hearing loss other than sensorineural
- with unrealistic expectations of cochlear implant benefits
- with insufficient family and/or social support
Can a cochlear implant help you or a loved one? Call us today at (303) 783-9220 to learn more. We can answer many preliminary questions over the phone but also recommend scheduling an in-person consultation to discuss how the technology works, what to expect during the procedure, insurance coverage and connecting with other cochlear implant recipients.