A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides sound to individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss. A cochlear implant bypasses damaged structures of the inner ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve.
Specialists working in the Iowa Cochlear Implant Center offer support to pediatric and adult cochlear implant patients. This support includes initial diagnostic evaluations to determine candidacy, proper fitting of the cochlear implant and continual follow-up support to ensure that the greatest benefit is derived from the cochlear implant.
In 1983, UI Hospitals and Clinics was the first center in the United States to implant a multichannel cochlear implant system. These devices quickly demonstrated that patients could achieve good, if not remarkably good, speech recognition abilities.
In an attempt to better understand cochlear implant performance levels, the Iowa cochlear implant team has proposed innovative research protocols that have led to many research milestones.
Learn more about how a cochlear implant device works, who may be a good candidate for its use, the costs and the benefits.
Many terms are used in describing the science and technology behind the cochlear implant device.
We have several active studies under way that may have openings for candidates.