Originally Posted by Phi4Sius
Hear Again - Eeegads. So what's the typical length of time for evaluating the patient assuming equipment doesn't have to be repaired and such? What all is involved in the evaluation process? The web sites are not 100% clear on this part of the process it seems.
The length of time it takes for a person to be evaluated varies from one CI center to another. I know people who have completed their entire CI evaluations in a single day while for others it took years.
My first CI evaluation began by seeing my CI audi for an interview, then a hearing test. After this, my next appointment was with the CI surgeon. My next appointment was for a CT scan. After that I was given an ABR (auditory brainstem response test) in which electrodes were placed on my head and my residual hearing tested. I then had to wait 8 weeks for Medicaid to approve surgery.
My second CI evaluation was much faster. I was evaluated in October (meeting with CI surgeon, hearing test, CT scan). Medicaid approved surgery in December (I remember this because my CI surgeon sent me an e-mail wishing me a Merry Christmas with the good news) and was scheduled for surgery in February.