There are several types of hearing devices that may be used to treat hearing loss. The device recommended by an audiologist is selected based on the severity and type of a patient’s hearing loss.
One specific type of surgically implanted hearing device is the cochlear implant (CI). Cochlear implants have an internal implanted portion that is surgically placed within the inner ear, and an external processor that is worn on the ear like a hearing aid. Cochlear implants bypass damaged structures in the inner ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve.
SoundLogic is part of the “Cochlear Provider Network,” which means that we do not have an implanting surgeon on staff, but are capable of providing all audiological services a CI candidate or recipient needs. Our audiologists work closely with the implanting surgeons and staff at Dallas Ear Institute to assure continuity of care during every step of the candidacy and implantation process.
If you think you might be a candidate for a cochlear implant, the expected process would be as follows:
- Have a hearing test to see if your hearing loss qualifies you as a CI candidate
- Evaluation of your current hearing aids – devices mustbe in good working order andappropriately fit for your hearing.
- Speech testing with hearing aid(s) on – this determines candidacy for insurance coverage
- Surgical and psychological consultationsatDallas Ear Institute
- Consultation with an audiologist to select your CI processor and accessories
- Balance test and MRI
- Consultation with an auditory verbal therapist
- Surgery at Dallas Ear Institute
- Activation of cochlearimplant(typically 3 – 4 weeks after surgery)
If you think you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant, call SoundLogic today at 903-592-3666 to schedule a hearing test and take the next step in your hearing journey.