What types of evaluations are completed to determine if a child is a suitable candidate for a cochlear implant?


Medical evaluation – This evaluation is intended to assess the child’s medical history, overall health, and treatment options. Computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging scans may be completed to determine if there are any medical anomalies and which ear the implant should be placed.

  • Audiological evaluation – This evaluation is completed to determine the type and severity of the hearing loss.
  • Hearing Aid evaluation – A hearing aid evaluation considers the child’s aided speech detection and speech-perception skills.
  • Speech and language evaluation- The speech language evaluation is completed to determine the development of speech and language with respect to normative models. The information that is gathered from this evaluation will help define reasonable expectations for speech and language following the implantation of the cochlear device. It will also help determine appropriate treatment options.


See Pediatric Case Management and Life Care Planning (1st Edition) p. 205 table 12.10

Higdon. (2004) “The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Life Care Planning.” In S. Riddick- Grisham (Ed.) Pediatric Life Care Planning and Case Management, First Edition (p. 205 table 12.10.) Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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