Evaluation Process

Audiologic Testing
Includes a battery of tests.  These tests are listed below and are used to determine the type and severity of hearing loss.  The hearing aid evaluation is done to determine benefit from a hearing aid versus a cochlear implant. 
  • Pure Tone Testing
  • Speech Testing
  • ABR
  • OAEs
  • Immittance Testing
  • Visual Speech Perception
  • Vestibular Assessment
  • Tinnitus Assessment
  • Hearing Aid Evaluation 3-6 Months

Psychological Evaluation
Is conducted by a psychologist to assess feelings about hearing loss, reasons for seeking a cochlear implant, and expectations from the implant. 

Medical and Surgical Evaluation
Is conducted by the surgeon of the implant team.  The ears are assessed to be sure there are no perforated ear drums or ear infection.  A CT and MRI will be done to be sure the inner ear can be implanted. 

Surgery Information