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Cochlear implant

Cochlear Implant ProgramThe cochlear implant (CI) program was created to serve children diagnosed with hearing loss who receive limited to no hearing aid benefit and whose families are dedicated to improving their child's communication mode.

Team members include pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Bauer, M.D., otologist/neurotologist, Dr. Ricardo Cristobal, M.D., Ph.D., audiologists and speech-language pathologists with specialized training in the Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach. Other professionals may be added to a child's "team" if needed. These professionals may include physical therapy, occupational therapy or psychological services. We conduct monthly case conferences with CI physicians to discuss patients care.

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What is a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implant deviceA cochlear implant has parts that are both inside and outside of the ear.

The inside part of the implant is a:

The surgeon places the receiver under the skin, behind the ear. The receiver wire goes into the cochlea through an opening.

Cochlear implant deviceThe outside part of the implant has a:

A cochlear implant can help children who:

What medical tests does my child need to have?

We do a full evaluation to find out if your child can have a cochlear implant. Some of these tests may include:

How does a cochlear implant work?

Who is on the cochlear implant team?

Before and after getting a cochlear implant, your child will meet with members from the Cook Children’s cochlear implant team including:

Our audiologists:

What audiologists do:

Our speech-language pathologists and listening and spoken language specialists:

What speech-language pathologists do:

How can I help my child do well?

How can I help my child do wellYour child’s success begins with you.

Services related to cochlear implants

Cochlear implant servicesPediatric aural rehabilitation services are provided by certified auditory-verbal therapists or speech-language pathologists, who have specific mentoring and training in auditory-verbal therapy strategies and techniques. These include:

Speech services:

Audiological services

Other medical services

A comprehensive medical assessment is a necessary part of the candidacy process. This assessment routinely consists of the following:

Related information and forms

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Contact the cochlear implant team coordinator at 682-885-4063 or email us at


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