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Cochlear Implant Referrals

Guidelines As Followed

Alberta Health Services has two locations for cochlear implant evaluations:

  • Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (Adults)
  • Alberta Children’s Hospital (Children)

General candidacy requirements:

  • Adults:
    • Bilateral hearing loss
    • Word Recognition Score of less than ~40% in the better ear
    • Binaural amplification for more than 6 months
    • Only one ear will be implanted
  • Children:
    • Bilateral hearing loss
    • Word Recognition Score of less than ~40% in the better ear
    • Two ears may be implanted if needed

Referrals can be sent by Otolaryngologists, Audiologists and Hearing Aid Practitioners including the following information:

  • Recent complete audiogram performed in the past 3 months
  • Real Ear Measurements showing soft, moderate, loud input and MPO
  • A brief narrative stating if the amplification is meeting REM targets