The criteria to determine candidacy for cochlear implants have changed a great deal since the devices were first introduced. Currently, cochlear implants are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children 12 months of age and older.
Examples of this would include:
Children should be in a rehabilitative or educational setting where the development of auditory (listening and speaking) skills is emphasized. Rehabilitative or educational environments that encourage auditory skill development are likely to have a positive effect on the progress in children.
Other important factors include: