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Cochlear Implant Evaluation

How do I know if I am a candidate for a cochlear implant? Our Doctors of Audiology are here to help you on your journey!

What testing will be performed at a cochlear implant evaluation?


After a thorough review of your hearing history, we will perform a comprehensive audiological evaluation. A second audiometric test will be performed with hearing aids on to determine performance with amplification. Word testing in quiet and word testing with sentences in the presence of background noise will be performed to assess performance on speech tasks. Finally, a review of testing scores and potential for CI candidacy will be discussed.

Expect to discuss other factors that affect candidacy for a cochlear implant.

  • What are your lifestyle demands? Do you have a passion for music? Work in a noisy or reverberant environment? Do you enjoy specific sports or activities that could affect CI use?

  • Do you have motivation to experiment with hearing aids, in both the implanted and/or contralateral ears? Do you have the ability to travel for surgery and follow up appointments?

  • Can you be flexible, and invest the time and energy necessary for success with an implant? Are you willing to complete a rehabilitation program and learn to use additional accessories?



  • Individuals 18 years of age or older

  • Moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears

  • Limited benefit from amplification defined by preoperative test scores of ≤ 50% sentence recognition in the ear to be implanted and ≤60% in the opposite ear or binaurally 

Children (2-17 Years)

  • Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears

  • Limited benefit from binaural amplification

  • Testing may vary depending on the age and developmental level of the child

Children (9-24 Months)

  • Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears

  • Limited benefit from binaural amplification

We pride ourselves in providing an exceptional cochlear implant experience from initial candidacy testing through implantation and rehabilitation! Make an appointment with our trusted Doctors of Audiology to determine if a cochlear implant is right for you!

What do I do if I feel I am a candidate or my child is a candidate for a cochlear implant?


Call Brant Audiology and Tinnitus and you will be scheduled with Dr. Ruby Zubrod for a cochlear implant evaluation.

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Resources for Cochlear Implants:

Cochlear America:

Advanced Bionics:


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