Updates: Cochlear has announced that the new N6 processor is now FDA approved. Advanced Bionics has announced that their new Naida processor has been FDA approved. Please contact the cochlear implant companies or visit their websites for up to date information. We have been anxiously awaiting these new processors and the technology they bring to our patients. For more information, visit www.advancedbionics.com and www.cochlear.com.
Cochlear Implants bring our patients back to the hearing world when hearing aids are not enough.
NENTA has a team of three audiologists and Dr. Mitchell K. Schwaber on our implant team. Nancy Morgan, Au.D., Samantha O’Leary, Au.D. and Donna Schwaber, Au.D evaluate patients’ hearing loss and hearing aid performance. We may also investigate balance system function. These tests help us determine cochlear implant candidacy as well as help us decide which ear may be the better one for the cochlear implant.
Dr. Mitchell Schwaber evaluates the patients for medical appropriateness of a cochler implant. If a cochlear implant is needed, Dr. Schwaber will perform the cochlear implant surgery. Drs. Morgan, O’Leary and Donna Schwaber will work with the patient from the initial stimulation through mapping care of the processors.
We use cochlear implants from both Advanced Bionics and Cochlear Americas. Our patients often ask which cochlear implant we would select. Unless there is a design or other reason for a specific needs of a patient, we leave the selection of the cochlear implant to the patient and their family. During candidacy evaluation the audiologist will explain the surgery, what to expect from a cochlear implant, as well as show the cochlear implants and the external processors from both companies.
When the decision is made for the cochlear implant, Nashville ENT Audiology will seek authorization from the patient’s medical insurance. We highly recommend that the patient contact their insurance for benefit information prior to the candidacy evaluation.
Are you a candidate for a cochlear implant?
If you are 18 years or older, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant if:
1. You have severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears.
2. You receive little or no useful benefit from hearing aids ( scoring 50 percent or less on
sentence recognition tests in the ear to be implanted and 60 percent or less in the non-implanted ear or bilaterally.
3. It is physically possible to implant the device.
4. Your medical and psychological condition does not present any contraindications for surgery or care and use of the implant.