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Looking for a pediatric specialty clinic? Cook Children's has more than 60 locations across North Texas, because even when your child's diagnosis is complicated, finding the right care should be simple.
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The cochlear implant (CI) program was created to serve children diagnosed with hearing loss who receive limited to no hearing aid benefit and whose families are dedicated to improving their child's communication mode.
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. We conduct monthly case conferences with CI physicians to discuss patients care.
A cochlear implant has parts that are both inside and outside of the ear.
The surgeon places the receiver under the skin, behind the ear. The receiver wire goes into the cochlea through an opening.
We do a full evaluation to find out if your child can have a cochlear implant. Some of these tests may include:
Before and after getting a cochlear implant, your child will meet with members from the Cook Children's cochlear implant team including:
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:
A comprehensive medical assessment is a necessary part of the candidacy process. This assessment routinely consists of the following:
If your child has been recommended to us, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4063.