At Live Better Hearing and Balance, we have partnered with Cochlear and cochlear implant otolaryngologists to help provide qualified patients receive these remarkable hearing devices. We work with children and adults out of our Ellicott City location. Our job in the process is to help evaluate your hearing to determine if you are a candidate, and then help you find the answers you need to make an educated decision. After your surgery, we work with the patients closely to tune the implant for optimal hearing.
Cochlear implants are an FDA-approved medical treatment designed to replace the function of the inner ear (cochlea) and mimic natural hearing. They work by sending electrical impulses to the inner ear and on to the hearing nerve to create the sensation of hearing. This is then interpreted by the brain as sound. There are two main components to a cochlear implant system: an external processor and an internal implant.
Research shows that adults with cochlear implants understand sentences almost seven times better on average than they could with hearing aids.
Cochlear implant surgery can last up to two hours for one ear. The surgery is typically outpatient and performed under general anesthesia. Cochlear implant procedure is considered safe, but like with any surgery, there are risks. After a couple days of recovery, most people are back to their normal routine and back to work 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.
The out-of-pocket cost associated with getting a cochlear implant will depend on your insurance plan and eligibility. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants are covered by Medicare. Hearing evaluations are typically covered by insurance too.
Cochlear implants help adults with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears who are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. Cochlear implants can also help children from 9 months to 24 months with bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss and children from 2 to 17 years of age with bilateral severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss.
If you are interested in learning more please make an appointment at our Ellicott City location to schedule a cochlear implant consultation.
One of the first steps to getting a cochlear implant is to have your hearing tested by an audiologist who is trained in cochlear implants and advanced hearing technologies to see if you qualify as a candidate.
One of the first steps to getting a cochlear implant is to have your hearing tested by an audiologist who is trained in cochlear implants and advanced hearing technologies to see if you qualify as a candidate. If you are interested in learning more, please make an appointment at our Ellicott City location to schedule a cochlear implant consultation.
Cochlear implant surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia, ensuring that the patient is unconscious and pain-free throughout the procedure. As a result, individuals undergoing cochlear implant surgery do not experience pain or discomfort during the operation itself.
As with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks and potential complications associated with cochlear implant surgery, though they are relatively rare. These may include infection, bleeding, damage to nearby structures, or issues related to anesthesia. However, cochlear implant surgery is considered safe, and complications are infrequent, especially when performed by experienced surgeons in accredited medical facilities.
Coverage for cochlear implants varies among insurance providers and policies. Medicare typically covers cochlear implants for eligible beneficiaries, reducing the financial burden for many individuals. Private insurance plans may also offer coverage for cochlear implants, although specific terms and conditions can vary widely. It's advisable to consult with your insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage available under your plan.
Our Peace of Mind Coverage plans provide patients with an easy way to manage their hearing healthcare at Live Better Hearing. Hearing aids are both a financial and time investment, and annual service plans help to protect your investment.