Yes You Can: Why and How Every Audiologist Can and Should Screen for Cochlear Implant Candidacy

Authors: Brad Ingrao1

1Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board

As cochlear implant criteria continues to widen, the chance that nearly all audiologists will have several patients failing to thrive with hearing aids in their practice. Recent studies show that the historical “CI Center” model continues to leave many patients unable to avail themselves of evaluation and follow up.

This workshop reviews the current process and how it really is “not rocket science.” In addition, we will review a protocol developed at the Long Beach (California) VA Healthcare System to optimize aided word recognition in patients not quite at CI criteria, but who are failing to thrive with hearing aids.