Cochlear Implant Program | 1 vs. 2 Cochlear Implants

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Should my child receive one cochlear implant or two?

Each child is unique. Depending on your child's hearing, our team may recommend receiving two implants at the same time, or we may recommend starting with one implant. This is based on many things, and a decision is made in conjunction with the parents (and child when appropriate).

One cochlear implant provides greatly improved access to sound for most candidates with severe to profound hearing loss. Some implant users benefit from continuing to use a hearing aid in the other ear. If a hearing aid provides limited benefit, the child may be considered for candidacy to receive a second implant for the other ear. Bilateral cochlear implant use improves the ability to hear speech in noisy places and some ability to determine the direction a sound is coming from.

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