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Cochlear Implant

Life-Changing Surgery to Help Kids Hear

Tiernan, a young boy with new cochlear implant about to hear for first time.

If your child has hearing problems that aren’t helped by a hearing aid, a cochlear implant may make a huge difference in their ability to hear. The implant features two parts: a surgically implanted device that electrically stimulates the hearing nerve, and a programmable piece worn externally (on the head) that processes sounds. Sometimes called a “bionic ear,” getting a cochlear implant can be a life-changing event for kids with hearing loss. At Nemours, our cochlear implant surgery team brings together a wide range of expertise and experience to help give your child the gift of sound.

What to Expect With a Cochlear Implant

Depending on the location you visit and your child’s specific needs, your care team may include: 

  • audiologists (experts who specialize in testing and helping kids with hearing loss)
  • auditory neurophysiologists (experts in how the nerves related to hearing work)
  • certified teachers (educators) of the deaf and hard of hearing
  • linguistic researchers (specialists who study language and speech sounds, formation and structure)
  • listening and spoken language therapists (specialists who give parents and caregivers techniques to help kids learn to develop natural-sounding speech and language)
  • neurocognitive specialists (experts who provide testing and evaluation to assess developmental disorders)
  • neuro-otologists/otologists (ear, nose and throat doctors/surgeons who specialize in ear problems)
  • otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors/surgeons)
  • social workers (professionals who help families cope and find community services) 
  • speech-language pathologists (specialists in communication problems)

Working together, we coordinate all of the necessary pieces for your child’s cochlear implant surgery. That includes working with you and your team before and after surgery to make sure you understand what’s going on and what to expect every step of the way. Our auditory-verbal therapy helps kids develop spoken language skills through listening — and it includes parent training for you and play therapy for your child. We’ll also teach you how to care for and operate your child’s device.

Why Choose Us

Nemours experts have performed hundreds of successful cochlear implant surgeries in children from 1 to 17 years old. Our advanced surgical facilities are specially equipped to meet kids’ needs. Beyond surgery, our cochlear implant programs provide long-term support for your child and your family. And we offer you the convenience of having all the services associated with cochlear implant care all in one place.

We’re also actively involved in research to look for better ways to diagnose and treat childhood hearing and speech disorders. Plus, year after year, many on our team are recognized as "Best Doctors in America®," as well as "Top Doctors" by local magazines in our regions.

Regional Cochlear Implant Highlights

Services, programs, facilities and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer complete cochlear implant services at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington, Del.).

We offer complete cochlear implant services at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando).

We offer complete cochlear implant services at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville (working with Wolfson Children’s Hospital). We even offer a free summer camp for kids with cochlear implants.

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At Nemours, we’re actively researching new approaches for childhood disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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