In every country access to cochlear implantation (CI) for adults with severe or profound hearing loss is low. Globally, it is estimated that only one in twenty who could benefit from cochlear implants have one. Most other health treatments have internationally accepted standards of care that inform patients and health care practitioners about when specialist referrals and treatment options should be considered. This is a gap in the field of adult cochlear implantation that is addressed by a new publication titled “International Consensus Paper on Adult Cochlear Implantation”.
Lack of referral pathways to CI leads to a substantial unnecessary burden to the individual with hearing loss, with a poorer quality of life. We know that a lack of referral and awareness of the benefits of cochlear implantation are the major reasons for under-identification of the many who could benefit. Estimates suggest that in many countries only 5-10% of potential candidates are implanted . More awareness in primary health care and audiology of the benefits of CIs needs to be promoted to improve access. More knowledge among health professionals about Standards of Care and best practices in CI diagnosis, earlier referral, treatment and aftercare will help many people live healthier and more fulfilled lives. **
This webinar will explore the various barriers and facilitators to overcoming awareness of CI from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing potential solutions to increasing equity and access for adults.