A small fraction of people with hearing loss may benefit from cochlear implants. Candidates may include those with moderate severe to profound degrees of hearing loss in both ears that show limited benefit gained from traditional hearing aids.
A cochlear implant is comprised of two parts: the sound processor and a surgically inserted device that provide auditory-like sensations to the hearing nerve. The device is secured to the skull to bypass the damaged area of the hearing system to directly stimulate the hearing (cochlear) nerve.
Surgery involves making a small incision behind the ear, through the temporal bone to implant the device. The device is tested during surgery to ensure proper functioning and to gain an understanding of baseline hearing for future adjustments. Surgery is outpatient and lasts 1-2 hours. Numerous postoperative appointments will follow during the adjustment period.
The outcome for cochlear implant surgery is good. Our medical team has successfully performed hundreds of cochlear implant procedures. Our audiologists are trained to help patients throughout the adjustment period. While hearing improvements can vary with patients, many cochlear implant patients successfully participate in mainstream education environments, reconnect with family and friends, and enjoy a high level of participation in the workforce. To see if you are a candidate for cochlear implant surgery, visit Colorado’s leading ear specialists at Denver Ear Associates for a thorough evaluation and consultation.