Step 1: Evaluation

You will need to visit a Hearing Implant Specialist to determine if you are a candidate for a cochlear implant.

Step 2: Insurance Approval

Your Hearing Implant Specialist will work with your insurance company to determine your eligibility for coverage.

Step 3: Surgery

Cochlear implant surgery is a fairly routine outpatient procedure that usually takes between two to four hours under general anesthesia.

Step 4: Activation

Two to four weeks after surgery, you will have an appointment with your audiologist to activate your cochlear implant. This is the day you will begin to hear sound through your cochlear implant for the first time. How well you will hear right away will vary from person to person depending on length and degree of hearing loss.

Step 5: Ongoing Rehabilitation & Care

Just as with any surgical procedure, you will need to undergo rehabilitation. Your brain will need to be retrained to understand sounds. You will have a series of appointments over the first several months so your audiologist can make adjustments and fine tune your sound processor to help ensure your best hearing experience. Of course, you will have to continue to practice at home as well utilizing rehabilitation tools that can be tailored to your hearing needs.