Cochlear implantation in children younger than 12 months of age

P. Ashley Wackym, Jill B. Firszt, Christina L. Runge-Samuelson

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For decades there has been a trend to complete cochlear implantation in younger deaf individuals. This has led to the current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved minimum age of 12 months. Universal infant hearing screening combined with better assessment techniques has resulted in much earlier diagnosis of deafness in infants, and as a consequence, most congenitally deaf children have completed cochlear implant evaluation before the age of 6 months. Because of these issues, there are a growing number of infants who are undergoing cochlear implantation between the ages of 6 and 12 months of age. This article reviews important technical details that should be considered when an infant undergoes cochlear implantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-106
Number of pages6
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Cochlear implant
  • Congenital deafness
  • Deaf
  • Genetic hearing loss
  • Infant
  • Myelin
  • Rehabilitation

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