While most of our patients’ hearing losses can be helped with traditional hearing aids, some patients are candidates for a device called a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant (CI) is a two-part device (internal and external) that delivers sound directly to electrodes surgically implanted in the inner ear.
Cochlear implant candidacy is relatively strict, and this is not an option for everyone. Candidates must have significant hearing loss and low word recognition scores. A candidate is also someone who has tried hearing aids but has not been successful with them. Specific guidelines must be met in order to move forward with implantation.
At Gardner Audiology in Tampa and St. Petersburg a Doctor of Audiology can help you determine whether it is appropriate to pursue cochlear implant candidacy testing. During a Cochlear Implant consultation an Audiologist will discuss your hearing concerns, your history with hearing aids, and look at your hearing to determine if you may be a candidate. Then, the Audiologist may refer you to a provider who performs cochlear implant testing or discuss other options to help you with your hearing concerns.
For more specific info regarding cochlear implants visit our blog: “Hearing Aids vs. Cochlear Implants: What’s the Difference?” at: https://gardneraudiology.com/hearing-aids-vs-cochlear-implants-whats-difference/
To schedule your consultation with a Doctor of Audiology, please contact Gardner Audiology at 1-800-277-1182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org