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American Cochlear Implant Alliance Task Force Guidelines for Determining Cochlear Implant Candidacy in Children with Single-Sided Deafness

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1.  Children with the following condition should NOT be considered for a cochlear implant in cases of single sided deafness:
  1. Cochlear nerve aplasia or hypoplasia
  2. Meningitis
  3. CMV
  4. None of the above
2.  Children with single sided deafness (SSD) with which condition should be implanted promptly?
  1. unknown etiology
  2. Connexin 26
  3. bacterial meningitis
  4. cochlear nerve aplasia
3.  Which statement is true based on what is know about the impact of age and length of deafness on cochlear implant benefit for children with SSD?
  1. Children benefit most when they are implanted by age 9 years
  2. Children who have congenital SSD do not benefit from cochlear implants
  3. Children with SSD do not benefit from cochlear implants
  4. The impact of age and length of deafness is not yet fully understood in this population
4.  Which method is preferred to occlude the better hearing ear when evaluating audibility in the soundfield for children with SSD who use a cochlear implant?
  1. Contralateral masking
  2. Plug and Muff
  3. Ask the child to cover their better hearing ear with his/her hand
  4. Plug only
5.  Guideline 10 recommends prioritizing which type of assessments for children with SSD?
  1. auditory processing assessments
  2. visual field acuity assessments
  3. spatial hearing assessments
  4. tympanometry

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