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The Cochlear Implant Program at Children's Hospital Colorado specializes in multidisciplinary evaluation, treatment and speech, language and communication therapy for infants, children, teens and young adults with hearing loss.

Our work doesn’t stop once your child receives a cochlear implant – the surgery is just the first part of the journey. After implantation, we provide ongoing support for children and their families in many ways, including multiple follow-up appointments with Audiology and speech therapy classes.

What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that captures sound signals and transmits those signals to stimulate the auditory nerve, which then sends them to the brain. A cochlear implant consists of two parts. The first, a device called a speech processor, is worn on the ear. The other part is implanted under the skin behind your child’s ear. The processor converts sound into electrical signals and sends them to the device under your child’s skin. The implant then uses the signals to stimulate the auditory nerve, which the brain receives as sound.

Hearing conditions we treat with cochlear implants

  • Congenital hearing loss
  • Progressive hearing loss
  • Cochlear malformations
  • Hearing loss due to meningitis
  • Hearing loss associated with syndromes and other medical conditions, such as Usher syndrome, Waardenburg syndrome, auditory neuropathy and connexin 26 gene mutation
  • Single-sided deafness

Our hearing and cochlear implant services

The multidisciplinary team at the Cochlear Implant Program offers comprehensive services to children and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.

Many people assume that the cochlear implant will "fix" a child's hearing quickly. Cochlear implantation is actually a process that includes diagnosis of hearing loss, choosing a cochlear implant, surgery, and postsurgical support such as audiology appointments and meeting with family consultants who have experience going through the process and help your child adjust to life with an implant.

Why Choose Children's Colorado for your child's cochlear implant?

There are many treatment and communication options available for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Choosing the right one for your child can be overwhelming. At Children's Colorado, our pediatric experts look at all aspects of a child's life to ensure the best communication outcomes and help families decide if a cochlear implant is right for them.

Since the program’s founding in 1998, we’ve treated thousands of children with a wide range of needs. This experience helps us better treat your child and anticipate other issues that may affect their hearing in the future.

If a cochlear implant is not the right for your child, we collaborate with your family, early interventionists, speech-language therapists and your child’s school to find the best option. Regardless of whether your child receives a cochlear implant, we are committed to helping them reach their potential in hearing, learning, communication and life.

Meet the Cochlear Implant Program team

Our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric expert audiologists, speech-language therapists, social workers, deaf and hard-of-hearing educators, and family consultants. Our surgeons are experienced pediatric otolaryngologists who specialize in surgeries of the ear, including cochlear implantation.

We collaborate with other specialists across the hospital, such as eye doctors, developmental pediatricians and neurologists, to treat the whole child. Because each of our team members has worked with children who use cochlear implants and their families for many years, we can answer all your family’s questions in a way you can easily understand.

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Kenny Chan, MD

Kenny Chan, MD

Otolaryngology

Patricia Yoon, MD

Patricia Yoon, MD

Otolaryngology

Brian Herrmann, MD

Brian Herrmann, MD

Otolaryngology

Owen Darr, MD

Owen Darr, MD

Otolaryngology

Contact us

If you’d like to learn more about the program, call us at 720-777-3981.

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