Our Pediatric Cochlear Implant Team
Our experienced cochlear implant surgeons are extensively trained in the medical and surgical treatment of acute and chronic disorders of the ear, including pediatric cochlear implantation. They work together with a team of audiologists and speech-language pathologists at Brenner Children's Hospital to evaluate each child for assistive devices, from hearing aids to cochlear implants to Baha®. They also treat other related disorders and make appropriate referrals.
Our Medical/Surgical Team
Daniel J. Kirse, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgery Specialist
Cochlear Implant Surgeon
Dr. Kirse preceded his time at Brenner Children's Hospital with six years at the University of Kansas and his training at The Children's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Evans spent two years at Duke University and trained at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Meagan P. Lewis, AuD
Pediatric, Implant and Baha® Audiology Specialist
Elaine Orcutt, AuD, CCC-A
Our pediatric implant audiologists are specially trained in implant technology and pediatric audiology. They have access to a variety of hearing tests, including tympanometry, otoacoustic emissions, auditory brainstem response testing and multiple formats for behavioral audiometry. Working in pairs, they test children to determine precise hearing thresholds. They are also highly experienced in hearing aid management and talk with families about the expectations and limitations of each device.
Following implantation, a patient sees an implant audiologist frequently for programming of the device. A special bond develops between the family of an implanted child and the audiology team members. Our team members take pride in having flexible schedules with the ability to find last-minute appointments, when possible.
Cierra Holly Gordon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist