Audiology

Cochlear Implant Expertise in North Carolina

We specialize in cochlear implant surgery in both children and adults. Our audiologists work with Wake Forest Baptist otologists and speech language pathologists to determine if an implantable device might provide more benefit than a traditional hearing aid. Cochlear implants are often recommended for patients who have lost the ability to understand speech, even at loud levels, in both ears. 

About Cochlear Implants

The cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides sound to patients with severe to profound hearing loss. The device often helps individuals who do not benefit from traditional hearing aids.

The cochlear implant consists of two parts: an internally implanted device and externally worn processor. The device is typically implanted in only one ear, but may be implanted on both sides in certain situations, especially in the pediatric population.

An otologist surgically implants the internal component of the cochlear implant and the audiologist then programs the external device. Initial activation of the external device occurs about four weeks following surgery. After activation, we continue to work closely with you to ensure that your cochlear implant is functioning properly and at the optimum level. We also conduct periodic evaluations to monitor your progress and plan for rehabilitation and educational needs. 

Implantable devices are not considered hearing aids by the Food and Drug Administration and may be a covered insurance benefit. 

Baha® Hearing System

We also offer the Baha® (bone anchored hearing aid) speech processor for patients who have single-sided deafness or permanent conductive hearing loss. It features a titanium implant and an external processor that delivers sound to the inner ear though vibration.

Quick Reference

Audiology

Phone 336-716-3103
Fax 336-716-8161

Hours
8 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri
Adult Audiology
Hearing and Speech
2nd Floor CompRehab Plaza

131 Miller Street 

Winston-Salem, NC  27103 

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