Dallas Cochlear Implant Program (DCIP)

The Dallas Cochlear Implant Program (DCIP), a collaborative effort of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children's Medical Center Dallas, and UT Dallas, brings together our combined knowledge, experience, and resources to advance the science of cochlear implants.

Through research, education, and patient services, the program offers a broad scope of endeavor driven and enhanced by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, audiologists, speech pathologists, psychologists, educators, and other professional researchers.

In all our work we strive to be family-centered, culturally sensitive, multidisciplinary, coordinated, and focused on outcomes.

Our patient care services for adults and children recognize that the family is the constant in the implant recipient's life, while our program and personnel may fluctuate. Our educational programs and services reflect the need to be flexible, accessible, and responsive to patient and family needs. Our researchers are held to the highest standards not only by their financial sponsors but by their own sense of responsibility and caring.

Admission Criteria

Adults (18 years or older)

  • 50 percent or less on the HINT, a sentence recognition test, in the ear to be implanted
  • 60 percent or less on the HINT test in the opposite ear, or binaurally
  • Highly motivated
  • Moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) bilaterally
  • No medical contraindications
  • Post-linguistic onset of moderate to profound SNHL
  • Realistic expectations

Children (25 months – 17 years, 11 months)

  • High motivation and appropriate expectations of family and (when appropriate) the child
  • Lack of progress in the development of auditory skills
  • LNT speech recognition test scores of 30 percent or less in best aided condition (all others)
  • MLNT speech perception test scores of 30 percent or less in best aided condition (25 months to 4 years old)
  • No medical contraindications
  • Pre-linguistic or post-linguistic onset of moderate to profound SNHL
  • Severe to profound SNHL

Age 12 – 24 months

  • High motivation and appropriate expectations from family
  • Lack of progress in the development of auditory skills
  • No medical contraindications
  • Profound SNHL bilaterally