Cochlear Implants

Ravi N. Samy, MD, FACS Discusses Cochlear Implants

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Cochlear implantation occurs every day in the United States. It’s a proven therapy for hearing loss. UC Health is one of the top 10 programs in the country for cochlear implants and an important participant in clinical trials to offer the very latest technology to patients. Let us help you get back into the swing of things and re-engage with family and friends. You’re never too old or too young.

UC Health is the only facility in Greater Cincinnati that provides cochlear implants to adults. We’ve improved the quality of life for 500 patients in the last 25 years with cochlear implant surgery and therapy. With this experience, we’re on the cutting edge of technology and patient care required for cochlear implant success.

Why Choose UC Health?

Consider these advantages:

  • Over 90 percent of our cochlear implant patients report improved quality of life after the procedure. The majority of our patients can use the telephone after the surgery. We’ve created a database to track patient outcomes after cochlear implantation.
  • We provide multidisciplinary care. Cochlear implant recipients require a thorough evaluation prior to implant surgery and post-operative auditory therapy to make sure they receive all of the possible benefits from this life-changing procedure. The care team includes, in addition to physicians, audiologists, speech and language pathologists, and auditory rehabilitation professionals.
  • We provide efficient care. UC Health participated in a cochlear implant efficiency study to ensure we make the best use of your time in this process.
  • UC Health offers implants and electrodes from three different manufacturers. We talk to you about the implant that is right for your unique condition and needs.
  • We provide bilateral (both sides) cochlear implant surgery. If you need implants on both sides, you can have it done in one procedure.
  • We are involved with research and clinical trials to determine the next generation of cochlear implant care. This means you have access to the very latest devices available.
  • UC Health has one of only 15 neurotology fellowship programs in the country. This means we’re highly regarded as a training environment for otolaryngologists who study neurological disorders of the ear. We’re entrusted with training the next generation of specialists.

Am I a Candidate?

Only a comprehensive evaluation can determine if you are a candidate for cochlear implants. If you were evaluated in the past and determined not to be a candidate or weren’t sure if cochlear implants were right for you, consider re-evaluation. Technology has changed significantly in recent years. Generally, you may benefit if you have severe to profound hearing loss and no longer benefit from hearing aids. New technology allows us to place cochlear implants even in hearing aid patients who can no longer use the telephone.

The improvement in your quality of life cannot be underestimated. Often, patients who cannot hear become socially withdrawn and depressed. The change that occurs after cochlear implantation is the difference between isolation and involvement, between suffering and functioning well. It is life changing regardless of your age.

How Does Cochlear Implantation Work?

A small electronic device is implanted under the skin of your inner ear. This device is activated by another device that is worn behind your ear. This system bypasses the damaged parts of your ear and signals your auditory nerve and brain, which recognizes the signals as sound.

This system doesn’t restore your normal hearing. Rather, it represents sounds and helps you to understand speech. Learning to interpret the signals from the implant as hearing requires therapy with audiologists and speech and language pathologists.

Let us Improve Your Quality of Life

You’re in the best possible hands at UC Health. Let us help determine if cochlear implants can significantly improve your quality of life.

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