Evaluation and rehabilitation services for cochlear implant users
Cochlear implants are surgically placed electronic devices that restore a sense of sound for people who are severely or profoundly hard of hearing. The SLUCare Cochlear Implant Program can assess the eligibility of a patient to receive a cochlear implant, and provide information and counseling.
Options include the Baha bone anchored hearing aid, a surgically implantable system for the treatment of hearing loss. It stimulates the cochlea through bone conduction. The device has been used since 1977, and was cleared by the FDA in 1996 as a treatment for conductive and mixed hearing losses. In 2002, the FDA approved its use for the treatment of unilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Baha is an appropriate hearing solution for patients with chronic ear infections, external auditory canal atresia and single sided deafness who cannot benefit from conventional hearing aids.
We also offer testing and hearing aid evaluation, and can prepare you for further evaluations such as MRI and CT scans. Following implantation of a cochlear device, we provide necessary speech mapping and hearing rehabilitation services.
The SLUCare Cochlear Implant Program consists of a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, audiologists, speech pathologists and social workers experienced in the evaluation and rehabilitation of adult and pediatric cochlear implant users. Implants are performed at Saint Louis University Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and Mercy St. Louis.
About SLUCare's Cochlear Implant Providers