The Cochlear Implant Program
Welcome to The Cochlear Implant Program. We are a multidisciplinary team of audiologists, otolaryngologist, speech-language pathologists , social workers, and educational consultants. We work with adults and children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss who are being evaluated for cochlear implantation and patients who already use cochlear implants. Thanks to the cochlear implant, many congenitally deaf patients can experience sound for the first time.
The Cochlear Implant Program diagnoses and treats children and adults with profound sensorineural hearing loss (nerve deafness). Cochlear implantation represents one of the greatest advances in the treatment of patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss not responding to conventional hearing aids. Through the use of a computerized device that has been implanted into the inner ear (cochlea), functional hearing can be restored to patients who are not able to benefit from traditional amplification treatment with hearing aids. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for the patient and family, to educate other professionals with whom the child may interact.
The cochlear implant is an electronic device that can provide auditory sensation to a person with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. The cochlear implant bypasses the damaged organ of hearing and stimulates the auditory nerve directly. The cochlear implant consists of a surgically implanted component and an externally worn component. With a cochlear implant, children may be able to hear and speak better. Outcomes vary, however, based on the individual.
Approximately 25 patients receive the cochlear implant at our center annually, and we follow many more. Although this is a large number of implants, we maintain our attention to each individual and family. Families seeking a cochlear implant for their child and loved ones must understand the significance of this type of intervention. Because the patient needs to learn to understand the sounds that he or she hears through the implant (a process that can take years), the candidacy evaluation is thorough. This is done not only to ensure that the patient is an appropriate candidate, but also to ensure that appropriate long-term follow up and an appropriate educational environment are in place. After a patient has received an implant, ongoing care must ensure that a patient’s hearing is optimized, that spoken language goals are being met, that the family is best prepared to advocate for the patient and that the patient’s educational environment is appropriate.
Resources for families
Advanced Bionics Corporation
12740 San Fernando Rd
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 362-5069 (fax)
61 Iverness Drive East
Englewood, CO 80112
2222 East NC Hwy 54, Suite B-180
Durham, North Carolina 27713
(919) 484-9229 (fax)
National Support Programs and Organizations
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007
American Society for Deaf Children
814 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
2121 Eisenhower, Suite 402
Alexandria, VA 22314
Beginnings for Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children
1504 Western Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27606
Cochlear Implant Association, Inc. (formerly Cochlear Implant Club International)
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Suite 440
Washington, DC 20015-2034
Educational Audiology Association
4319 Ehrlich Road
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 968-3597 (fax)
The Mainstream Center Clarke School for the Deaf Center for Oral Education
Round Hill Road
Northampton, MA 01060-2199
(413) 586-6654 (fax)
National Association of the Deaf
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910
National Cued Speech Association
23970 Hermitage Road
Cleveland, OH 44122-4008
(800) 459-3529 (V/TTY)
Network of Educators of Children with Cochlear Implants (NECCI)
The Children’s Hearing Institute
130 East 77th Street 7th Floor
NY, NY 10021
(212) 434-6675 (Voice)
(212) 434-6680 (Fax)
Oral Deaf Education
Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH)
7800 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-2248 (Voice)
(301) 657-2249 (TDD)
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