Subjects Being Sought
Study Underway to Examine Expansion of Medicare Criteria for Cochlear Implants in Adults Age 65 and Older
By Donna Sorkin and Teresa Zwolan
At present, candidacy criteria for cochlear implantation followed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are more stringent than the FDA guidelines typically followed by most health insurance plans. As a consequence, many older adults do not have access to the benefits of cochlear implants (CI) that could help them remain active, engaged and healthy.