Cochlear Implant PCMP 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).