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.
Hearing loss can strike anyone, of any age, at any time. Perhaps you’ve had it since childhood. It could be that you first noticed it at work, struggling to hear co-workers or presentations. Or maybe it was at a party. Or, it may have been a part of your life for so long that you can’t remember how it started.
Just as no two stories of hearing loss are the same, neither are the stories of overcoming it. In many situations, Cochlear can help with one of these treatment options – hybrid hearing, a cochlear implant, or a bone conduction implant. To determine if either is right for you, schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists to start the discussion.
Cochlear Implant Candidacy
Cochlear implant candidacy, a process and aural rehabilitation after surgery, is a big 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.
Cochlear implant candidacy involves:
- A comprehensive hearing evaluation to determine if hearing loss and speech discrimination meets initial requirements.
- If initial testing reveals that you do not meet initial candidacy requirements, you will be scheduled for a communication needs assessment to evaluate your needs and desires for traditional amplification (hearing aids).
- After initial hearing loss criteria candidacy is met, speech discrimination testing with up-to-date and verified hearing aids is completed.
- Implantation is considered if you experience little to no benefit with conventional hearing aids and demonstrate poor speech discrimination during testing protocols. Realistic expectations, outcomes, and the rehabilitation commitment after implantation is discussed in great detail.
- Once you qualify as a cochlear implant candidate based on audiological results, a medical evaluation will be scheduled with a cochlear implant specialist physician of your choice.
We have relationships with physician specialists in the Boulder/Denver area that we can recommend.
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 delivers sound directly to your cochlea.
How Cochlear Implant Hearing Works
- Microphones on the sound processor pick up sounds and the processor converts them into digital information.
- This information is transferred through the coil to the implant just under the skin.
- The implant sends electrical signals down the electrode into the cochlea.
- The hearing nerve fibers in the cochlea pick up the signals and send them to the brain, giving the sensation of sound.
Kanso® 2 Sound Processor
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 is 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.
Kanso® Sound Processor
The Cochlear™ Kanso® Sound Processor is an off-the-ear hearing solution designed to be so discreet and comfortable you may even forget you’re wearing it. The Kanso® Sound Processor comes in a range of eight color options, so you can choose the color that best matches your hair so people will hardly notice it. In addition, it provides the same hearing experience as a behind-the-ear sound processor to help provide you with the best hearing environment, even in challenging, noisy areas. This includes dual microphones, SmartSound® iQ with SCAN technologies, and True Wireless™ connectivity.
Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor with Hybrid Hearing
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 while providing you 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.
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 it’s kind.
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor with Hybrid Hearing also includes innovative technologies to provide for the best hearing performance, including made-for-iPhone direct connectivity, synchronized dual microphones, and SmartSound® iQ*** with SCAN.
*The Acoustic Component should only be used when behavioral audiometric thresholds can be obtained and the recipient can provide feedback regarding sound quality.
**The Hybrid L24 Implant is approved in the U.S. only for adults 18 and older.
***SNR-NR, WNR and SCAN are approved for use with any recipient ages 6 years and older, who is able to 1) complete objective speech perception testing in quiet and in noise in order to determine and document performance 2) report a preference for different program settings.
The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is compatible with iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation) and iPod touch (6th generation) using iOS 10.0 or later. The Nucleus Smart App is compatible with iPhone 5 (or later) and iPod 6th generation devices (or later) running iOS 10.0 or later. Apple, the Apple logo, FaceTime, Made for iPad logo, Made for iPhone logo, Made for iPod logo, iPhone, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Information accurate as of July 2017.
Bone Conduction Implants
Osia® Sound Processor
The Cochlear™ Osia® is the first of its kind: an active osseointegrated steady-state implant. Along with its sleek design and superior adaptability, it’s safe to say that hearing implants will never be the same. The Cochlear™ Osia® is made of two parts: the sound processor and the implant. The implant is placed behind the ear and underneath the skin. The sound processor is placed near to the ear and is held in place by a magnetic connection. The Osia® features dual microphones that capture sound, which the sound processor converts into a digital signal. That signal is then transmitted through the skin via a digital link, and travels down to the implant to the Piezo Power transducer.
Using piezoelectric material, the transducer generates mechanical vibrations. The titanium implant, which is fused with the bone, transmits those vibrations through the skull and directly to the inner ear, where those vibrations are converted into electrical impulses. Once that’s done, those impulses are sent to the brain to be interpreted as sound.
Baha® Sound Processor
Designed to help people with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and single-sided deafness, the Cochlear™ Baha® System utilizes your body’s natural ability to conduct sound. By connecting to the bone behind your ear, the Cochlear™ Baha® System bypasses the damaged outer or middle ear and sends sound directly to your healthy inner ear, where sound comes to life.