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Children's Hospital, New Orleans

Cochlear Implant Center
Appointments:(504) 896-2141
Children's Hospital, Main Campus
Moisés Arriaga, MD
Anita Jeyakumar, MD, F.A.C.S., Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program

Cochlear Implant Staff:
Tammy Crabtree, MCD, CCC-A - Cochlear Implant Director
Doreen Speyrer, Director of Speech and Hearing
Laura Bullock, CCC-A - Audiologist
Amanda Giles, MCD, CCC-A - Audiologist
Lakesha Murray, AU.D.CCC-A - Audiologist
Alyson Finnan - Cochlear Implant Nurse Coordinator
Kristen Koehl - Speech-Language Pathologist

Quick Links:
Cochlear Implant Program
Cochlear Implant Center Video Library

The Cochlear Implant Center is a collaborative service between Children’s Hospital and the LSU Department of Otolaryngology. The Center will work closely with a variety of resources to aid in providing services to children receiving cochlear implants.

Cochlear Implantation

4,000 to 8,000 children are born in the USA each ear with severe hearing impairment. Majority of the 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 and multiple options in order to arrive at the decision that is best for the family and their child. So, what is a cochlear implant? Who is a candidate? Who is not a candidate? Why cochlear implantation versus deaf education and American Sign Language? What are the educational implications? What is the quality of life in children with cochlear implants? Who pays? What are the special medical needs of a cochlear implant recipient?

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.

Moisés Arriaga, MD, F.A.C.S.
Medical Director of the Cochlear Implant Center, Children's Hospital
Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery, LSU Health Sciences Center
Director of Neurotology at the LSU Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center

Professional School:
Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI

Specialty Training:
Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
House Ear Clinic and House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Special Interests:
Hearing restoration surgery including cochlear implants and BAHA implants

In Area Since: 2005
In Practice Since: 1990
Anita S. Jeyakumar, MD, FACS
Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, LSU Health Sciences Center
Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program
Pediatric Otolaryngologist

Professional School:
Meharry Medical College

Specialty Training:
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Otolaryngology, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Special Interests:
Pediatric hearing loss including cochlear implantation; Pediatric ear disease including otitis media, chronic ear disease, cholesteatoma; Pediatric thyroid disease and neck masses; craniofacial anomalies

In Area Since: 2011
In Practice Since: 2006

Cochlear Implant Staff

Amanda Giles, MCD, CC-A

Professional School:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Specialty Training:
Children's Hospital New Orleans

Special Interests:
Identification and treatment of pediatric hearing loss

In Practice Since: 2002
Lakesha Murray, AU.D.CC-A
Doctor of Audiology

Professional School:
University of Florida

Specialty Training:
Green Clinic, Ruston, LA
Special Interests:
Improving the quality of life of pediatric patients with hearing loss

In Practice Since: 2004
Doreen Speyrer
Director, Speech and Hearing

Professional School:
Southeastern Louisiana University

Specialty Training:
Children's Hospital New Orleans

In Practice Since: 2001

Kristen Koehl
Speech Language Pathologist

Professional School:
LSU School of Allied Health

Specialty Training:
Children's Hospital New Orleans

In Practice Since: 1998

Laura R. Bullock, Au.D., CCC-A

Professional School:
LSU Health Sciences Center

Specialty Training:
New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center

Special Interests:
Cochlear implants and bone conduction hearing devices

In Practice Since: 2013