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Cochlear Implant Program

Ochsner’s cochlear implant team is among the most experienced when it comes to evaluating and determining the right time for an adult or child to consider a cochlear implant surgery.  We have the largest cochlear implant center in the Gulf South having treated over 700 patients, including both the pediatric and the senior population. Our cochlear implant team consists of one surgeon, three audiologists, and one speech therapist. We have quarterly support group meetings for both our newly implanted and long term implanted adults along with support groups for our parents. In addition, we host an annual cochlear implant Christmas celebration.

What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that can provide auditory sensation to a person with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. The cochlear implant bypasses the damaged organ of hearing and stimulates the auditory nerve directly. The cochlear implant consists of a surgically implanted component and an externally worn component. This surgery can restore useful hearing and provide improved communication abilities for persons who have a bilateral (both ears) severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Outcomes vary, however, based on each individual.

Are You a Candidate for a Cochlear Implant?

Criteria for Children

  • 12 months to 18 years of age
  • Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears
  • Little or no benefit from hearing aids following an adequate period of training
  • No medical contraindications
  • Evidence of a functioning auditory nerve
  • High motivation and appropriate expectations by child and parents
  • Assurance of family stability and support
  • An educational/rehabilitation program that emphasizes auditory skill development

Criteria for Adults

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Moderate-severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears
  • Little or no benefit from hearing aids following an adequate trial period;
  • No medical contraindications
  • Evidence of a functioning auditory nerve
  • High motivation and appropriate expectations