The Hearing Institute at ENT Specialists of the Rockies offers all FDA-approved cochlear implant devices as well as implant programming services through our Cochlear Implant Program. Cochlear Implants are designed to restore hearing in patients with severe hearing loss as well as those who are profoundly deaf. A cochlear implant may be suitable for patients with either single-sided deafness or with hearing loss in both ears. Cochlear implants allow a sound signal to bypass the inner ear and provide stimulation to the hearing nerve. If you suffer from hearing loss, are dissatisfied with your hearing aids, or are finding it increasingly ineffective in understanding speech as your hearing loss progresses, you may benefit from a cochlear implant.
Cochlear implants are highly effective, and technological advances in the late 20th century continue to make cochlear implants a great hearing rehabilitation solution for those who are severely hard-of-hearing. Implantation typically requires a short outpatient surgery during which a small incision is made behind the ear. A small electrode array is surgically inserted into the cochlea (the hearing organ of the inner ear) and a receiver is placed underneath the scalp behind the ear. An externally worn speech processor is secured by a magnet and worn behind the ear. Sound waves are detected, processed, and passed to the electrode as an electric signal, which then stimulates the auditory (hearing) nerve to produce hearing.
There are three FDA-approved manufacturers of cochlear implants in the United States: Cochlear Corporation, Med El, and Advanced Bionics. A fourth manufacturer, Oticon, will also soon have an FDA-approved device. At our Hearing Institute, we offer all FDA-approved cochlear implants and will work closely with you to determine which device is most appropriate for your hearing and your lifestyle. All of the audiologists at our Hearing Institute are trained in cochlear implant programming and mapping for all FDA-approved devices.
What Patients are Saying
I have been dealing with extremely weird problems with my right ear for about two and a half months. After being ignored at my regular physicians office, I decided to see Dr. Schwartz ( Swartz) and I am so happy I did. The hearing test was thorough and I received the results immediately after which gave me relief. The assistant was so nice and made me feel like she was truly listening to me. I loved how she relayed everything to the doctor before he came in. Because of this, He gave me answers and set up a game plan immediately. I have never felt so taken care of! I truly felt important and heard. Thank you everyone in the office for being so amazing!
I recently had to find a new ENT after my employer changed my insurance. I have a complicated health history so it can be daunting to find a new provider that you trust. I was very pleased with Dr. Picerno – she was kind, patient and very thorough! I’m so happy to have found her! I also met with Amelia, an audiologist, and she was also awesome!
Hybrid Implantable Systems
Some patients have severe hearing loss or deafness in high frequencies (high pitched sounds) but have preserved hearing in the low frequencies (lower-pitched sounds). In select cases, a hybrid cochlear implant may allow one to use the cochlear implant for their high-frequency hearing loss and a hearing aid simultaneously for their low-frequency hearing loss. This allows people to preserve and amplify natural low-frequency hearing while still gaining the benefits of improved speech understanding provided by the cochlear implant.
Cochlear Implants in Denver, CO
The experts at our Hearing Institute are well-versed in the full spectrum of treatment options for patients suffering from hearing loss. From basic hearing aids to cochlear implants, our solutions have helped hundreds achieve a better quality of life through better hearing.
If you currently have a cochlear implant, we offer programming services for all manufacturers. To learn more about these hearing implants and to find out which may be right for your unique needs, call us or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.
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AOO | ENT Specialist of the Rockies is a practice that has been serving the Denver area for over 40 years. This group of board-certified physicians has exceptional experience treating multi-generational families and meeting their needs in ENT services, sleep health, sinus and allergy treatment, hearing treatment, and facial plastic surgery. Our team includes ENT physicians, specialty-trained nurses, audiologists, and plastic surgeons. In addition to outstanding routine care, our team is available 24/7 for emergencies