Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices that allow previously deaf patients to hear. A cochlear implant is an artificial device that helps one hear by producing useful hearing sensations through electrical stimulation of nerves in the inner ear. It replaces the function of the haircells that have been damaged in those individuals with severe-profound hearing impairment. Cochlear implant technology has evolved significantly over the past few years. Patients who will be candidates for this surgery will be those who are significantly hearing impaired and who receive no benefit from conventional hearing aids. A multidisciplinary team approach is used at OHSU in cochlear implantation. The team consists of a surgeon and an audiologist/rehabilitation specialist. Working together, the best cochlear implant is chosen for that particular patient.
The Cochlear Implant (CI) Program at OHSU has been in operation since 1983. Since that time over 400 patients have received cochlear implants at OHSU. Our program has continued to grow to where we are now one of the largest centers on the west coast. At the present time the CI Program is staffed by two Otologists (surgeons) and four audiologists.
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- - Candidates are selected based on lack of benefit from conventional hearing aids
Frank Warren, III, M.D.
Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery, Cochlear Implants, Head and Neck Cancer