Cochlear Implant Process

A cochlear implant evaluation is required to determine if a patient is a good candidate for a cochlear implant. This evaluation is more thorough than a standard hearing evaluation and includes speech testing with hearing aids. The patient should make sure they bring their hearing aids to their cochlear implant evaluation appointment to ensure all testing can be completed.

Once cochlear implantation candidacy is confirmed, surgery can be scheduled. The cochlear implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that lasts about two hours.
 
It is important to be aware of the following information regarding cochlear implants:

  • The cochlear implant is not a hearing aid and does not work well unless it is properly programmed, worn, and used daily.
  • Cochlear implants do not restore normal hearing and will require daily listening therapy to ensure best possible hearing.
  • Multiple follow-up appointments are required to properly program the cochlear implant. A sample schedule would be:
    • Initial stimulation one month post-surgery
    • 2-week follow-up
    • 2-week follow-up
    • 1-month follow-up
    • 3-month follow-up
    • 6-month follow-up
    • Annual appointments
  • A small minority of patients do not notice improvement in speech understanding with a cochlear implant.

 

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