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Pediatric Cochlear Implants


A cochlear implant is an option when hearing aids are not effective for children with a severe (or worse) hearing loss in both ears. A cochlear implant is an electronic device that stimulates the hearing nerve by bypassing the part of the inner ear that is not working. The Audiology and Cochlear Implant Team have the capability to determine if a child is a candidate for a cochlear implant. The team will also provide programming of the cochlear implant after the implant is placed.

The Adventist Pediatric Hearing and Cochlear Implant Program provide two choices of cochlear implants. These implants include the Nucleus 24 Freedom implant made by Cochlear Corporation, and the HiResolution 90K implant made by the Advanced Bionics Corporation.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides partial hearing to patients with severe-to-profound, bilateral hearing loss. The implant is surgically implanted in the inner ear and activated by a device worn outside the ear. Unlike hearing aids, the implant does not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, cochlear implants bypass damaged parts of the inner ear and send electrical 'sound' signals directly to the hearing nerve. These sound signals allow individuals who are severe to profoundly hearing impaired receive sound.

The cochlear implant is recognized as a standard treatment for severe-to-profound hearing loss by the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Formore information or to schedule an appointment, please call 630-856-2600.