If you are still struggling to understand speech when wearing a hearing aid, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. Cochlear implants are designed to mimic the function of a healthy inner ear or cochlea. They replace the function of damaged hair cells inside the cochlea to help provide clearer sound than what hearing aids can provide. This helps improve your ability to understand speech and speak clearly.
At St. Luke’s, we have a team of professionals including an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician/surgeon, audiologists, and speech pathologists who will help determine if a cochlear implant is appropriate for you. Our care coordinators are available every step of the way to help you navigate the cochlear implant process from consultation and evaluation through surgery and recovery. Here's what to expect: