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Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant may be an option for patients with severe or profound hearing loss.

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that restores partial hearing in cases of severe hearing loss. The device is different than a hearing aid, because it does not amplify sound, but rather directly stimulates the auditory nerve fibers of the inner ear. This allows it to avoid potentially damaged parts of the auditory system on its way to producing a sound. 

What Makes Up A Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant comes in two main parts:

  1. An array of electrodes that are surgically implanted in a portion of the inner ear and a magnet placed under the scalp

  2. An external piece that is attached to the head via the magnet. This often looks similar to a hearing aid

Cochlear Implant Process

Before proceeding with cochlear implant surgery, your audiologist first needs to conduct a cochlear implant assessment. Your hearing loss will be thoroughly evaluated to identify the best treatment option for your unique situation. 

If it is decided that this type of surgery is right for you, our Ear, Nose, and Throat team will help you move forward. Our expert staff includes surgeons who specialize in cochlear implant surgery – and who are committed to making you feel comfortable and safe.