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I'm a speech and language pathologist. I have a patient who has a profound hearing loss as one of the characteristics of Waardenburg's (as well as pigmentary abnormalities). My question is, do any of the four types of this genetic syndrome carry specific abnormalities of the cochlea (i.e., hair cell integrity destroyed) that would NOT make him a good candidate for a cochlear implant? Otherwise, he would make an excellent candidate as hearing aids are not benefiting him and he is preschool age.