A prime candidate for cochlear implantation is described as:
- Having severe to profound sensorineural hearing impairment in both ears
- Having a functioning auditory nerve
- Having lived a short amount of time without hearing (approximately 70+ decibel loss, on average)
- Having good speech, language, and communication skills, or in the case of infants and young children, having a family willing to work toward speech and language skills with therapy
- Not benefitting enough from other kinds of hearing aid
- Having no medical reason to avoid surgery
- Living in or desiring to live in the “hearing world”
- Having realistic expectations about results
- Having the support of family and friends
- Having appropriate services set up for post-cochlear implant aural rehabilitation (through a speech language pathologist, deaf educator, or auditory verbal therapist).
Pioneering work at the Capital Region Ear Institute Implant Center
Recently two new surgical procedures for cochlear implantation and implatable hearing devices has been developed at the Institute:
- The minimal access surgical technique for Vibrant Soundbridge implantation was developed in 2007 and published in The American Journal of Otology & Neurotology and also presented at the International Implant Symposium in Vienna by Dr. Rende. This allows the device to be implanted through a very small skin incision with much less trauma to the body than previous techniques.
- The Bone Island Bridge Technique was published in the prestigious journal Laryngoscope in 2007 by Dr. Foyt. This technique improves the stability of the cochlear implant electrode as it courses from the receiver to the cochlea.
Choice of implant
We offer full expert support for Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas, and Med-El Cochlear implants. Patients may choose from any of the available implant systems.
For More Information
Initial consultation is done by appointment with a physician and an audiologist.