The William House Cochlear Implant Study Group’s Position Statement on Bilateral Cochlear Implantation “strongly endorses” the provision of bilateral cochlear implants and describes them as “accepted medical practice”. In Europe they have reached similar findings.
The European Bilateral Pediatric Cochlear Implant Forum Consensus Statement came out of the 11th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and other Implantable Technologies in Stockholm. The consensus statement reached states:
“Currently we feel that the infant or child with unambiguous cochlear implant candidacy should receive bilateral cochlear implants simultaneously as soon as possible after definitive diagnosis of deafness to permit optimal auditory development; an atraumatic surgical technique designed to preserve cochlear function, minimize cochlear damage, and allow easy, possibly repeated re-implantation is recommended.”
The evidence that bilateral cochlear implants are ‘better, cheaper and safer’ is clear to these experts.