What degree of hearing loss qualifies a child for a cochlear implant?
Hearing loss in a child can be sensori neural or it can be conductive. When the sensori-neural hearing loss is such that even hearing aid is not giving the required benefit then the cochlear implant is indicated. That means a child whose hearing level shows that it is profound hearing loss as at this level hearing aids don’t give adequate benefit for the development of speech and language. It has to be kept in mind that for best outcome of this surgery, cochlear implant should be done at early age like before 2 years of age. As the age advances, the capacity of brain to learn to speak decreases.