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A cochlear implant is an electronic device that provides a sensation of hearing to individuals who have severe to profound hearing loss. It does not provide or restore "normal" hearing. However, the device, which resembles a behind-the-ear hearing aid, can allow children access to sounds and spoken language.

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Are cochlear implants an option for my child?

How well do they help children hear and what do patients say about sound quality?

Our expertise in cochlear implants

The Boston Children’s Hospital Cochlear Implant Program is an interdisciplinary program within the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement. We are recognized as the largest and most comprehensive pediatric cochlear implant program in New England.

Our expert staff is skilled in the use of advanced hearing technologies, and provides unparalleled and compassionate care to hearing impaired and deaf children. Our Cochlear Implant Program is designed to give your child the tools they need to understand language and learn to communicate effectively and confidently.

Our team

Our team provides:

  • comprehensive evaluation by an audiologist, speech and language pathologist, psychologist, and otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor)
  • assessment of your child's language skills and potential to benefit from a cochlear implant
  • comprehensive information about all educational and communication options available for your child
  • cochlear implant candidacy evaluation and surgery
  • cochlear implant programming or “mapping services,” ongoing care, professional support, and education to families following cochlear implant surgery

Download our Cochlear Implant Program guide book.

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Meet our cochlear implant patients

Isabelle heard rain for the first time and fell in love with music with cochlear implants. Today she is a thriving student and hockey player.