Smithfield, NC

Cochlear Implant Testing

When a patient has a significant hearing loss, does not perform well with hearing aids and the hearing nerve has difficulty with processing sound, he/she will be evaluated for a cochlear implant.  A cochlear implant involves a surgery by an otologist surgeon who places electrodes in the inner ear for stimulation of sound.  It takes time and a rehabilitation program to adjust to a new way of hearing.  Dr. Coates is trained to program and evaluate cochlear implants.