Treatments for Cochlear Implants in Children

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How is cochlear implant surgery performed?

Implant surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes three to six hours. A child usually stays in the hospital one night after the surgery, and one parent or caregiver is encouraged to stay in the child's room during recovery.

During the surgery, an incision is made behind the ear exposing the area where the implant will be placed.

The surgeon will place the receiver/stimulator in this small area under the skin. The electrode array is inserted into your child's inner ear, and the receiver/stimulator is fixed in place. Electrical recordings are made to show that the electrodes are providing stimulation. Then the area is reconstructed. The the area is reconstructed.

For an in-depth overview of the surgical procedure, please call our Cochlear Implant Program at 781-216-2250.

What are the risks of cochlear implant surgery?

Although the surgical risks of cochlear implantation are very rare, facial nerve paralysis, loss of taste sensation, dizziness or ringing in the ear may occur.

It is also important to understand the surgery typically removes any ability the individual may have had to hear in the ear where the implant is placed. Hearing can be enhanced with a conventional hearing aid in the opposite ear when appropriate.

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