St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s Cochlear Implant Program identifies and treats babies and children who may be suitable candidates for cochlear implants — surgically implanted devices that help children overcome problems in the inner ear, or cochlea. Sometimes called a "bionic ear," the cochlear implant offers the hope of regaining or restoring your child’s ability to sense sound after significant hearing loss.
A thorough evaluation by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including audiologists, speech-language pathologists and ear, nose and throat doctors, can help determine whether your child is a good candidate for cochlear implantation. The surgery takes about three hours per side, and requires about a year of audiological therapy for your child to learn to translate sound into language. In addition to the implant, the device includes a sound and speech processor that is worn externally either as a headset behind the ear or in a belt, harness or pocket.
For more information or to schedule an evaluation for your child, call (215) 427-8915.