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Close to one million adults have received a cochlear implant (CI) world-wide. Each of them was in a place of making an important decision: “Is a cochlear implant the right choice for me?” Whether you, a family member or friend progressively or suddenly lost hearing, or have had hearing loss all your life, the CI decision can be overwhelming. Making an informed choice includes a comprehensive review of information on candidacy and the process (including the follow-up after surgery). It can be an emotional time. Resources that may help with the decision-making might include: a CI surgeon (also called an ear, nose, and throat doctor); audiologists; information from the Internet and printed literature; and shared personal information from adults who have already received a cochlear implant. The materials we have assembled on our website were contributed by all of these sources. We hope you find the information useful in the decision-making process.

Information for Adults


 Am I a Candidate




Find a Clinic


Join Us


Adult Rehabilitation 


Contact Us

We're happy to help. If you have a question or would like further information please email or write and you'll receive a reply from the American Cochlear Implant Alliance as soon as possible.


Mail: ACI Alliance

P.O. Box 103

McLEAN, VA 22101-0103



The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.