The first global Guidelines on Standards of Care for Adult Cochlear Implantation were published in the Journal of The American Medical Association in August 2020. These guidelines are an important tool for advocacy because they give a common framework for the development of Adult Cochlear Implant provision and practice that can be used globally. This guide provides a summary of the 20 consensus statements which were developed and gives suggestions for how they can be used in advocacy work to promote provision for adult implantation in your own country or area.
Following the consensus process which developed the guidelines there was a desire amongst patient and advocacy groups to work closely together on developing the awareness of the benefits of adult cochlear implantation and improving provision. This EUROCIU briefing about the consensus statements is developed with CIICA, the Cochlear Implant International Community of Action.
The Consensus statements are important in providing an evidence base for cochlear implantation as the standard of care for people with severe or profound hearing loss . They describe what the minimum of good practice should be in some of the key areas and can help to improve information about adult cochlear implantation. If you wish, you can print out the guidelines on A4 sheets, or you can print them out on two sides of A4 and fold to A5 to make easily readable.
You could use these guidelines
The life changing technology of cochlear implantation for adults is under used across the world. Using these evidence based statements can support your advocacy work to ensure that more people who could benefit have access to cochlear implantation: changing lives and saving society money.