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Cochlear implant

Cochlear Implant ProgramThe cochlear implant (CI) program was created to serve children diagnosed with significant hearing loss who receive limited to no hearing aid benefit and whose families are dedicated to seeking an oral mode of communication.

Team members include pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Bauer, M.D., otologist/neurotologist, Dr. Ricardo Cristobal, M.D., Ph.D., audiologists and speech-language pathologists with specialized training in the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach. Other professionals may be added to a child's "team" if needed. These professionals may include physical therapy, occupational therapy or psychological services. At any time, 20 to 25 children are going through the candidacy process. We conduct monthly case conferences with CI physicians to discuss patients care.

A cochlear implant can help children who:

What medical tests does my child need to have?

We do a full evaluation to find out if your child can have a cochlear implant. Some of these tests may include:

What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant has parts that are both inside and outside of the ear.

The inside part of the implant is a:

The surgeon places the receiver under the skin, behind the ear. The receiver wire goes into the cochlea through an opening.

The outside part of the implant has a:

How does a cochlear implant work?

Who is on the cochlear implant team?

Before and after getting a cochlear implant, your child will meet with members from the Cook Children’s cochlear implant team including:

Our audiologists:

What audiologists do:

Our speech-language pathologists and listening and spoken language specialists:

What speech-language pathologists do:

How can I help my child do well?

Your child’s success begins with you.

What are some facts about hearing loss?

  1. Hearing loss is the number 1 birth defect.
  2. More than 90 percent of children with hearing loss have parents with typical hearing.
  3. A child’s first three to four years are the most important for learning to listen.
  4. Today’s technology makes it possible for children with severe to profound hearing loss to hear all speech sounds.
  5. A baby is listening even during pregnancy. By the 24th week, the inner ear is fully formed.
  6. Our brains learn to listen. Our ears are the way the sound gets to the brain.
  7. The hearing centers of the brain also help with reading.

Contact the cochlear implant team coordinator at 682-885-4063 or rehabeducation@cookchildrens.org.

Services related to CI

Pediatric aural rehabilitation services are provided by certified auditory-verbal therapists or speech-language pathologists, who have specific mentoring and training in auditory-verbal therapy strategies and techniques. These include:

Speech services:

Audiological services

Other medical services

A comprehensive medical assessment is a necessary part of the candidacy process. This assessment routinely consists of the following:

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