Purpose of a Cochlear Implant Evaluation:

  • Review hearing and other medical history
  • Discuss your hearing goals
  • Evaluate your hearing with and without hearing aids to determine if your hearing aids are giving you an appropriate benefit
    • Note: If you don’t have hearing aids, we will fit you with loaner hearing aids for the testing
  • Determine if getting a cochlear implant is a good option to improve your hearing and communication
  • Review results from the evaluation and make recommendations
  • Provide information about cochlear implant technology
  • Answer any other questions you may have

 

Cochlear Implant Evaluation Testing:

Sound Booth Testing:

  • Standard hearing test
  • Tests your ability to repeat words and sentences in quiet and in background noise, both with and without your hearing aids

 
Medical Evaluation:

  • The doctor will review your medications, health history, hearing test, and cochlear implant evaluation results
  • A CT scan, MRI, and/or X-ray will likely be requested, to examine the structures of your ear(s) and auditory nerve
  • The doctor will discuss cochlear implant surgery, procedure, risks, and required follow-up
  • If you are a candidate, the doctor will order a cochlear implant surgery

 
Insurance Authorization:
Approximately 90% of health insurance companies and managed care plans cover cochlear implants. However, preauthorization of coverage and related services is not automatic. Health insurance policies and health plans, also referred to as “payers,” have administrative processes to review coverage issues and make decisions. These processes may be complex and confusing. Understanding your plan’s specific process is crucial to getting approval for a cochlear implant. Although each payer may have different reviewing methods, the process of submitting a request is fairly straight-forward.