Cochlear Implant Program

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.

What to Expect

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.

The Cochlear Implant Program at St. Christopher’s is led by Otolaryngologist Sri Kiran Chennupati, M.D.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an evaluation for your child, call (215) 427-8915.