When a sensorineural hearing loss is severe to profound and hearing aids no longer benefit the patient, a cochlear implant may be an option. A cochlear implant consists of a small device that is surgically placed in the patient’s inner ear. It works by an external device worn on the outside of the ear and sends impulses directly to the auditory nerve, which then carries sound signals to the brain. The surgery is typically a same day procedure and typically takes 1-2 hours. After several weeks of healing, the external processor is programmed or “mapped” by the Audiologist.
Outstanding cochlear implant services
Dr. Kristen Kaufman has been mapping cochlear implants since 1999 and is the most experienced in the state.
The cost of a cochlear implant, including the evaluation, surgery, the internal and external device, and the rehabilitation can total nearly $100,000. Typically, most insurances, including Medicare, will cover most of the expense.
If you have a severe or profound hearing loss, please contact us to be evaluated to see if you are a candidate for a cochlear implant.