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Programs & Services

Audiology & Cochlear Implant Program

The Audiology Team coordinates a full-service cochlear implant program, from diagnosis and surgery to device fitting and monitoring, as well as rehabilitation services for the child and family. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides the sense of sound to a person with severe to profound hearing loss. We work with all three FDA-approved cochlear implant manufacturers.

Other exceptional hearing services we provide include:

  • Comprehensive audiological evaluations, including brain stem auditory-evoked response studies
  • Close collaboration with otolaryngology, neuro-otology, speech and language pathology, and psychology
  • Diagnostic evaluations for NICU patients who do not pass their newborn hearing screening
  • Outpatient screenings for patients who have failed their initial newborn hearing screening
  • Hearing assistive technologies
  • Parent education relating to hearing loss, hearing aids and cochlear implants

Frequently, children will also require the services of a speech language pathologist to help develop speech and language skills. The audiologist can help guide you through this process.

Cochlear implant evaluation: What to expect

Typically, children are referred for a cochlear implant evaluation if they have a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss or if they are not making expected progress with their hearing. A trial period with sound amplification is required to determine if a child can benefit from hearing aids. During the cochlear implant evaluation process, the audiologist will check your child’s responses with the hearing aids and use a variety of inventories to help determine if a cochlear implant may help your child.

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