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Cochlear Implant Surgery

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Cochlear implant surgery is an effective option if you have severe hearing loss due to inner ear damage and hearing aids have been unsuccessful. A cochlear implant helps restore hearing or partial hearing by bypassing damaged portions of the ear to deliver the sound signal directly to the auditory nerve in the brain.

A cochlear implant uses a sound processor that fits behind your ear. This processor captures the sound and transmits it to a receiver that your surgeon has implanted under the skin behind the ear. In turn, these signals are sent to the auditory (hearing) nerve of your brain, and your brain interprets the signals as sound.

Why Choose UHealth?

The Department of Otolaryngology ranks No. 9 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The ranking reflects the department’s dedication to excellence in research, patient care and outcomes. The experts in the UHealth Ear Institute provide comprehensive and innovative care of ear, hearing, and balance disorders. This includes the Children’s Hearing Program and the hereditary deafness clinical and research group, where more than 15 percent of the known genetic hearing loss mutations have been discovered.

World-class care in an academic health system. We are recognized throughout South Florida and the world as a leader in treating conditions and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Backed by one of the nation’s top universities, our team uses the latest technologies and research-driven expertise to provide you with superior, personalized care and the best outcomes.

Outstanding success in cochlear implants. In collaboration with the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, we have one of the busiest programs in the country for placing cochlear implants in adults and children with severe to profound hearing loss, and we are a leader in cochlear implant research. The Ear Institute has helped restore hearing to more than 1,000 deaf children and adults.

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Who is a Candidate?


You may be a candidate for cochlear implant surgery if you:

  • Have severe hearing loss due to inner ear damage
  • Have not had success with using hearing aids
  • Were born deaf

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.