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Adults must also meet a minimum set of criteria to be considered for cochlear implantation:
The benefit provided by a cochlear implant CANNOT be predicted with certainty. All users, however, obtain environmental awareness and may experience improved lipreading ability, as well as gains in speech understanding through audition alone.
The evaluation process of the cochlear implant is uniquely suited to the child's needs and abilities. Children and their families who decide to pursue the cochlear implant as an option must, however, meet a minimum set of criteria:
The ability to detect sound is critical to a child's ability to learn speech and language. The absence of such sound can have profound effects on speech and language development as well as the educational achievements of children.
Given the potential impact on a child's life, it is critical that hearing impairment in children be detected early. Similarly, early referrals to the Cochlear Implant Team are crucial to ensure that maximum benefit is obtained from the cochlear implant.
An Auditory Verbal Therapist works closely with children and their families to assess and foster children's listening and language skills. Community therapists generally provide this service.