Cochlear Implants Specialist

MN Ear & Sinus Center -  - ENT Physician and Surgeon

MN Ear & Sinus Center

ENT Physician and Surgeons & Audiologists located in Blaine, MN

If you experience hearing impairment and haven’t had much luck with traditional hearing aids, you might be a good candidate for a cochlear implant at MN Ear & Sinus Center in Blaine, Minnesota. Their team of expert ENT physicians and surgeons offer this procedure to restore your hearing and quality of life. To learn more about cochlear implants, and determine if they’re right for you, schedule an appointment with MN Ear & Sinus Center by phone or book online today.

Cochlear Implants Q & A

What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is a tiny electronic device that can restore some hearing loss. Your ENT surgeon can surgically implant it into your inner ear. You wear another device outside of your ear that can activate it to restore hearing without a hearing aid.

Cochlear implants and hearing aids are similar, but cochlear implants don’t make sounds louder or clearer. They simply stimulate hearing nerves, making it possible for you to hear some sounds even if you have severe hearing loss. 

MN Ear & Sinus Center offers cochlear implant surgery for adults and children. Their specialists have completed hundreds of cochlear implant surgeries and are experts in the field.

Is cochlear surgery right for me?

To determine if a cochlear implant is the right choice for you, your ENT specialist reviews your medical history and symptoms. They examine your ears, evaluate your hearing using specialized tests, and discuss your desired outcome. Your doctor might recommend you undergo CT scans or other imaging procedures.

If you have moderate to profound hearing loss and desire a better quality of life, or if hearing aids haven’t worked well, cochlear implants might be the solution for you.

How should I prepare for my surgery?

Follow your doctor’s instructions prior to undergoing cochlear implant surgery. Avoid smoking, stop taking certain medications, and don’t eat or drink anything the morning of your scheduled procedure. Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home afterward.

What happens during cochlear implant surgery?

Right before your procedure, the MN Ear & Sinus Center team gives you general anesthesia to put you to sleep, so you don’t feel any pain. Your surgeon makes a tiny incision behind your ear to implant an electronic device. They close the incision before taking you to a recovery area. The entire procedure might last about 3-4 hours.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After cochlear implant surgery, follow all post-surgery instructions. Have someone drive you home, get plenty of rest, and take medications as directed by your surgeon. Hearing improvements after a cochlear implant vary from person to person, but you can enjoy hearing and more sounds than you did before and a better quality of life. 

Don’t live with moderate to severe hearing loss when cochlear implant surgery is highly effective. Schedule an appointment with MN Ear & Sinus Center specialists by phone or book online today.