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Cochlear implants: bilateral versus unilateral

Status: Decision completed

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Policy context

Cochlear implants are designed to perform the function of cochlear hair cells in individuals where there has been a severe loss of cochlear hair cells. The implant devices convert sound into electrical impulses that stimulate the auditory nerve. Implantation may be performed unilaterally or bilaterally.

Primary criteria ranking

  • Safety = High
  • Efficacy = Medium
  • Cost = High

Assessment timeline

  • Draft Key Questions Published: November 15, 2012
  • Public Comment Period: November 15 - 29, 2012
  • Draft Report Published: March 5, 2013
  • Public Comment Period: March 5 - April 5, 2013
  • Final Report Published: April 15, 2013
  • HTCC Public Meeting: May 17, 2013