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Cochlear Implant Clinical Practice Recommendations

Cochlear implants provide an option for managing patients with hearing loss who derive limited benefit from other treatment options. Implantation involves the inter-disciplinary collaboration of audiologists, otolaryngologists, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, and others. The cochlear implant is part of a comprehensive, long-term rehabilitation program for patients with hearing loss. Surgical implantation is followed by a prescribed course of programming, training and rehabilitation aimed at achieving maximum patient benefit. The VHA uses only cochlear implants approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or an Institutional Review Board (IRB).


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Long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.

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The Hearing Center of Excellence fosters and promotes the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, rehabilitation and research of hearing loss and auditory injury. It supports the development, exchange and adoption of best practices, research, measures of effectiveness and clinical care guidelines to reduce the prevalence and cost of hearing loss and tinnitus among Warriors and Veterans. Read more

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