Q&A With Chesapeake Hearing Centers: Cochlear Implants

Are Cochlear Implants Right for You?

At Chesapeake Hearing Centers, we’re always working to keep you informed of innovations to stay empowered and connected. Did you miss our recent Q&A about cochlear implants? The virtual seminar, hosted in partnership with Cochlear, offered a closer look at an option for those whose profound hearing loss may not be sufficiently improved with hearing aids. Read on for a helpful recap.

First, let’s talk a little bit about what cochlear implants are. In a nutshell, they’re small, surgically placed electronic devices to help you hear. They include an external part behind the ear and an internal part under the skin that do the work of the damaged inner ear. They can improve your speech understanding when hearing aids are no longer satisfactory.

During the virtual Q&A, our expert audiologists Dr. Rachel Pomycala and Dr. Colleen Sheahan discussed some key steps to better hearing through cochlear implants:

  • Step 1 — Hearing evaluation, with testing completed at Chesapeake Hearing Centers to assess candidacy.
  • Step 2 — Medical and surgical consultation to discuss the surgical process and complete necessary preoperative testing.
  • Step 3 — Surgery, typically involving outpatient surgery usually lasting about two hours of surgical time with only a small incision.
  • Step 4 — Activation of the cochlear implants, which typically occurs three to four weeks after surgery and includes programming the devices, reviewing how to use them, and more.
  • Step 5 — Better hearing on the horizon, with post-activation follow-up appointments and aural rehabilitation. Our expert team works with you to help you get the most from your cochlear implants and continue the exciting journey to hearing your best.

Interested in learning more about the benefits of cochlear implants? Please contact us today. We’re here to help!