Cochlear Implant Program in North Carolina
Since 2004, Brenner Children's Hospital has been helping children with severe hearing loss through our extensive Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program. Our pediatric otolaryngologists work together with specialists in audiology and speech pathology to provide personalized, comprehensive care for children with complex hearing needs. We work closely with you and your child throughout the entire cochlear implantation process, including pre- and post-implantation and rehabilitation.
Meet our cochlear implant team.
What is a Cochlear Implant?
Although many types of hearing loss can be treated with proper management of ear infections, other types are not easily treated with medicine, surgery or traditional hearing aids. Children who are born deaf or have hearing loss that gets worse over time, resulting in deafness, may be candidates for cochlear implants.
A cochlear implant is an electronic, surgically implanted device that replaces the tasks of the inner ear. It has two parts: an internally implanted device and externally worn processor. The device is usually implanted in both ears for children. It can provide children who have severe hearing loss an improved awareness of sounds in the environment and speech recognition ability.
After the device is activated, we work closely with you and your child to ensure that the cochlear implant is functioning properly and at the optimum level. Our speech-language pathologists will also help your child with speech, vocabulary and language activities to improve communication using the cochlear implant.
The Cochlear Implant Process
In order for a child to be considered for implantation, and in compliance with federal and state recommendations, a child must have:
- All necessary hearing testing
- A speech/communication skills assessment
- An appropriate trial with hearing aids
- A record of up-to-date vaccinations, including complete pneumococcal vaccination in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additionally, we recommend Hib and meningococcal vaccination.
- An EKG and a urinalysis
- CT imaging and/or MRI
- Additional evaluations as needed in ophthalmology, developmental pediatrics, genetics, cardiology, social services and/or other specialties
For more information, including website resources, patient information on hearing loss, or our surgeries, please contact the pediatric otolaryngology offices at 336-713-4583.
Our office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, new patients should call 877-716-WAKE or 336-716-WAKE. Returning patients, please call 336-713-4581.