Longmont Hearing & Tinnitus Center is proud to be a part of the Cochlear Provider Network. We are skilled at the assessment, fitting, and adjustment of cochlear implants, hybrid hearing, and bone-anchored hearing aids.
Cochlear implants are small, complex, electronic devices that can help give the perception of sound to individuals diagnosed as profoundly deaf or hard of hearing. The cochlear implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear, and an inner portion that is surgically implanted under the skin.
To better understand how cochlear implants work, it’s important to know their basic parts:
The microphone picks up sound from the environment.
The sound processor selects and arranges sounds picked up by the microphones.
The transmitter receives signals from the speech processor and converts them into electric impulses.
An electrode array is a group of electrodes that collect the impulses from the stimulator and sends the signals to different parts of the auditory nerve.
Some people are hesitant to get cochlear implants for a variety of reasons, including budget, risks, and complications.
Cochlear implants require a surgical procedure. Just as with any kind of surgery, implantation comes with certain risks.
Learning how to interpret and re-learn sound cues is an additional consideration when getting a cochlear implant. This process takes patience, time, and practice. However, once the results are achieved, it can be very rewarding. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists work together to support and guide patients during the learning process.
Cochlear implant candidacy is a multi-step and complex commitment. Candidacy requires audiological approval by a Doctor of Audiology, medical clearance by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician, and approval from your insurance company. A typical candidacy timeline and ongoing rehabilitation treatment plan is outlined below.
Designed to help adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss, the Cochlear Nucleus® System mimics the natural hearing function of the inner ear. Using a uniquely designed electrode, it bypasses damage to the inner ear and and stimulates the auditory nerve.
Introducing the Cochlear Kanso® 2 Sound Processor — a next generation processor that exceeds expectations with its light, small, off-the-ear design that blends in so well, even you might forget you’re wearing it! While it may look discreet, its capabilities and features are anything but. From its adventure-proof adaptability and seamless connectivity, to the button-free configuration with wireless charging, the technology packed into the powerful Kanso® 2 Sound Processor will enrich every moment.
Designed to help adults with high-frequency hearing loss, the Cochlear Nucleus® Hybrid Implant System is a combination of two proven technologies brought together. It’s the only FDA-approved hearing solution that restores access to the high-frequency hearing you are missing through cochlear implant technology while enhancing your low-frequency hearing through acoustic amplification — all in one device.
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with Hybrid Hearing* amplifies the natural low-frequency hearing you have after surgery with an acoustic component that can be placed at the tip of the sound processor. It also provides you with access to the high-frequency sounds you’re missing using our innovative cochlear implant technology, for a richer hearing experience. Hybrid Hearing is compatible with the wide Nucleus Electrode portfolio.
The Nucleus® 8 is designed for effortless communication, it employs cutting-edge hearing technology that adapts to your surroundings, ensuring clear auditory experiences wherever you are. Expanding upon the advanced features of its recent processors, the Nucleus 8 goes further in connectivity. With compatibility with the upcoming Bluetooth® LE Audio technology, it opens doors to enhanced connections – enabling sound delivery from a multitude of devices in various settings. Immerse yourself in live broadcasts at public venues like airports and theaters with direct Bluetooth Auracast™ support.
If you experience ski-slope hearing loss — where you have normal to moderate low-frequency hearing before surgery, but severe to profound high-frequency hearing loss — the Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid Implant System may be a solution. The Hybrid System uses a special electrode that is designed to preserve your low-frequency hearing and it’s the first FDA-approved electrode of its kind.
Getting cochlear implants requires a good amount of decision-making and consideration. Several factors need to be weighed, and not everyone is eligible as a candidate for cochlear implants.
To learn more about the process of getting cochlear implants, visit the official website of the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. Longmont Hearing and Tinnitus Center is also open for cochlear implant consultations.