The Cochlear Implant Center is a collaborative service between Children’s Hospital and the LSU Department of Otolaryngology. The center works closely with a variety of resources in providing services to children receiving cochlear implants.
4,000 to 8,000 children are born in the USA each ear with severe hearing impairment. Most children are born to normal hearing parents. Pediatricians and parents need to understand the available options and be prepared to sort through the complex data in order to arrive at the best treatment option for the family and the child.
WHAT IS A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?
A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device that can provide a sense of hearing to a patient who is profoundly or severely hard of hearing (Figure 1). The quality of sound is different from natural hearing, with less sound information being received and processed by the brain. However, many patients are able to hear and understand speech and environmental sounds. Newer devices and processing strategies allow recipients to hear better in noise, enjoy music, and even use their implant processors while swimming.