SLUCare Cochlear Implant Program
A multidisciplinary team experienced in the evaluation and rehabilitation of cochlear implant users
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted electronic devices that restore a measure of hearing to a person who is severely or profoundly hard of hearing. The cochlear implant service assesses the eligibility of a patient to receive a cochlear implant. The service provides information, counseling, testing, hearing aid evaluation, and preparation for further evaluations such as MRI and CT scans, and medical visits. Following implantation the audiology clinic provides all mapping and rehabilitation services necessary for cochlear implant patients.
The BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) is a surgically implantable system for 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 sensori-neural 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.
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.
Anthony Mikulec, M.D., FACS, is a fellowship-trained surgeon, specializing in otology and neurotology. Amy Estill, M.A, is an audiologist with special interest in cochlear implants, BAHA and hearing aids. Sarah Borton Au.D, is an audiologist with an interest in cochlear implants, BAHA and balance disorders. Melissa Lowe, Au.D., is an audiologist with an interest in cochlear implants, BAHA, electrophysiology, assistive listening devices and balance disorders.
Dary Costa, M.D., is a fellowship trained pediatric otolaryngologist who treats all aspects of pediatric ear, nose, and throat. He went medical school at Southern Illinois University and did his internship and residency at Saint Louis University followed by a fellowship at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is assisted by Sarah Duncan, M.S., Sarah Borton, Au.D., and Kenneth E Marciniak, Au.D., audiologists at Cardinal Glennon.
The surgical and audiology team has more than 20 years of experience with cochlear implants. Implants are performed at Saint Louis University Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center.