Cochlear Implants

When hearing aids aren’t enough

Lakeside Audiology has established a relationship with the Cochlear Implant Program at Greenville Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, a division within the Greenville Health System. Together with their Otolaryngologists, Drs. Nathan Alexander and Andrew Rampey, Physician Assistant, Kelly Hughes, and Audiologists, Drs. Susan Valenti and Courtney Russo, we are able to smoothly transition those patients who are no longer able to benefit from traditional hearing aid technology. Following implantation, follow-up and initial mapping sessions, patients are able to receive continued mapping and processor care through our center. This satellite approach to cochlear implant management and care provides our patients a nearby and accessible option for lifelong implant care.

For those individuals with severe to profound hearing loss, traditional hearing aids may not be enough to achieve their best hearing potential. In those cases, a cochlear implant may be recommended. A cochlear implant consists of two parts, an internal and external component.
cochlear implants at lakeside audiology

The internal component is a small electrode that is implanted into the cochlea of the inner ear. Through this electrode, the auditory nerve can be stimulated directly, allowing access to sound that wasn’t previously possible.

cochlear implants sounds processors at lakeside

The external component is called the speech processor. The processor is responsible for picking up sound through the microphone and transmitting that sound to the internal device.

Cochlear Implants Candidacy Guidelines

Candidacy guidelines for cochlear implantation differ between adults and children, as regulated by the FDA.
Candidacy guidelines for Adults:
  • Severe to profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Limited benefit from hearing aids
  • No other medical problems that would make the surgery risky
  • Strong desire to be part of the hearing world and communicate through listening and speaking
  • Post-lingually deafened
Candidacy guidelines for Children:*
  • Profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Limited benefit from hearing aids
  • Healthy and have no medical conditions that would make the surgery risky
  • Parents and child (when able) engaged in the process
  • Realistic expectations for cochlear implant use; showed commitment to use of hearing aids
  • Committed to the habilitation/rehabilitation process

*Typically, children must be at least 12 months of age to undergo this surgery. 

Do you think you or your child is no longer benefitting from their hearing aids?

A cochlear implant evaluation may be your next best step. Call today to schedule an appointment!