We evaluate hearing loss for people with cochlear implants under listings 2.11 and 102.11, which went into effect on August 2, 2010. Under listing 2.11, we consider an adult disabled for 1 year after the initial cochlear implantation. Under listing 102.11, we consider children disabled until the attainment of age 5 or for 1 year after the initial cochlear implantation, whichever is later. If more than 1 year has passed since the initial implantation or upon attainment of age 5, we require a word recognition score of 60 percent or less determined using the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT)
Before August 2, 2010, we did not have listings specifically for people with cochlear implants. Under our prior policy interpretation, we used the results of pre-implant hearing testing to evaluate hearing loss in people with cochlear implants for determining both initial and continuing disability.