Sunday, February 25, 2018, is International Cochlear Implant Day! On this important day, we are reminded as hearing health professionals, that there are many adults and children with hearing loss who would likely benefit from a cochlear implant (CI), but are unsure how to begin the process towards better hearing.
Cochlear is here to help you as you support patients throughout their hearing journey. Unfortunately, there is more work needed to raise awareness in the general population about the indications for and outcomes offered by cochlear implantation.
Despite these demonstrated benefits, CI utilization remains low for both adults and children in the United States. Sorkin and Buchman (2016) recently reported that pediatric utilization ranged from a low of 50% in the United States, compared to a high of 97% in Australia, and suggested that the low incidence rate in the US on lack of an appropriate referral system. The utilization rate reported for adults is low everywhere – it is estimated that only 10% of adults who qualify for a CI actually receive one. Sorkin and Buchman feel the lack of adult utilization is due to the absence of routine hearing screenings for adults, and cite that many primary care physicians and audiologists are unfamiliar with current CI candidacy criteria and outcomes and, therefore, fail to make appropriate referrals.1
Help raise awareness in the community by sharing the GIF above on your social media page. For more ways to spread the word about CIs, please visit the ACIA Awareness Initiatives webpage.
The future of cochlear implants is bright and it is important the world know about this remarkable technology. We feel honored to have your support in this endeavor and encourage you to help raise awareness about how CIs can benefit children and adults with hearing loss.
Sorkin DL, Buchman CA. Cochlear Implant Access in Six Developed Countries. Otol Neurotol.2016 Feb;37(2):e161-4.