Cochlear Implant Program
CHS Cochlear Implant Program
For children with hearing loss, access to sound is a crucial step in the journey to listening and speaking. Many children benefit from hearing aids, which amplify sound, and when paired with intensive education and speech-language therapy, they can develop spoken language. For children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, hearing aids may not provide enough benefit. In this case cochlear implants may be an option.
The Center for Hearing and Speech’s Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program consists of a multidisciplinary team of audiologists, speech-language pathologists (Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapists), a social worker, an educational liaison, as well as otolaryngologists (ENTs) in the community. We are a full-service cochlear implant facility that evaluates children with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss to determine if they are an appropriate candidate. Our program collaborates with Dr. C.Y. Joseph Chang, Dr. Soham Roy, Dr. Sancek Yuksel, and Dr. Dayton L. Young to provide the surgical component for two cochlear implant manufacturers: Advanced Bionics, Med-El and Cochlear Americas.
Our goals are to provide the best possible care for every child and family, to educate other professionals who interact with implanted children, and to conduct research into improving outcomes with this technology.
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