Children with congenital or acquired hearing loss may be candidates for treatment with a cochlear implant. Connecticut Children’s audiology department offers implant mapping, maintenance, repair, and external device upgrades to make new technology available to long-term cochlear implant users.
Our implant surgeons, Scott R. Schoem, MD, FAAP and Christopher R. Grindle, MD, are otolaryngologists who work with audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and deaf educators to provide families with a comprehensive evaluation for implant candidacy, surgery and long-term monitoring. Device choice, unilateral versus bilateral implantation (the use of one or two cochlear implants), sequential or simultaneous implantation, and age at implantation are considered based on the needs of each child.
For children younger than three, a Birth-to-Three representative is also part of the evaluation process.