Examples of this would include:
Contraindications that may prevent or delay implantation or may alter expectations for long-term outcomes include:
Children should be in a rehabilitative or educational setting where the development of auditory (listening and spoken language) skills are emphasized. Rehabilitative or educational environments that encourage auditory skill development have a positive effect on the child’s progress.
Other important factors that are considered include:
The criteria to determine candidacy for cochlear implants have changed a great deal since the devices were first introduced. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved specific cochlear implant devices for children as young as 9 months of age. The FDA also recently approved the use of specific devices for individuals with single sided deafness or asymmetric hearing loss.