Originally Posted by DeafCaroline
Which brings up the age old debate - how can you determine if an infant can pick up and comprehend speech with hearing aids before making the decision to implant them or not?
Is that something debated? Prior to approving CIs, most, if not all CI clinics require an extended trial and detailed assessment of how the child uses and responds to hearing aids if there's residual hearing at the level that might conceivably be brought down into the speech sounds range. Our clinic required it of all candidates, even those like my daughter, whose level of loss was beyond amplification into that range.