The Apelian Cochlear Implant Center at Cohen Children’s provides full diagnostic, counseling and rehabilitation services to children with severe to profound hearing loss:
Our services include:
- Auditory processing evaluations
- Adult evaluations
- Newborn hearing screenings
- Pediatric evaluations
Surgeons, audiologists, speech pathologists, educators, social workers and consultants all meet to discuss each child's specific needs and formulate recommendations for implantation and postoperative support. Since a support system is critical to a successful implant, parents and teachers are considered to be part of our team and are involved throughout the process. A support group for parents of hearing impaired children meets monthly.
A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device designed to bypass damaged sensory cells in the inner ear (cochlea) and provide sound to profoundly deaf individuals who do not benefit from hearing aid use. A wire containing an array of electrodes is inserted into the cochlea. An externally worn transmitter sends coded sound information to the electrodes, which, in turn, stimulate the auditory (hearing) nerve, bypassing the damaged cells.
Using the cochlear implant, profoundly deaf individuals are able to hear and understand speech. Most children are able to hear conversation without lip reading and use spoken language for everyday communication. Profoundly hearing impaired children may be implanted as young as 12 months of age if audiological and medical criteria for implantation are met.