Cochlear Implant Program

Cochlear implantation is available at the Hospital & Seattle Medical Center and Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center. A cochlear implant is a safe, reliable and effective treatment for severe-to-profound hearing loss in adults and children. Designed to allow implant users to hear sounds as they occur, a cochlear implant can enhance communication abilities with better hearing and speaking potential for implant recipients. The device consists of an internal implant and an externally worn speech processor. The external speech processor comes in a body-worn style or an ear-level style, programmed to meet the users individual hearing needs.

Our printable information booklet will help you understand the option of cochlear implantation. 

Is a cochlear implant right for you or your child?

Only a comprehensive evaluation from a cochlear implant team can determine this. Please read through the information booklet to learn more about the ear and our hearing system, cochlear implantation technology, important issues related to cochlear implants and if an evaluation is appropriate.

Deciding To Move Forward

To determine if you are a candidate for a cochlear implant, you or your child will be required to participate in an evaluation with a Listen for Life Center surgeon and audiologist. At this team evaluation, a medical review, examination, and a comprehensive audiology test battery will be completed. There also will be a detailed discussion of topics such as candidacy evaluation criteria, surgery, follow-up care and rehabilitation. While at these appointments, you, your child, and your loved ones will have the opportunity to discuss and inspect the different cochlear implant devices available.

If convenient, you may schedule both team appointments (with the audiologist as well as the surgeon) on the same day; if this is done, it is recommended to bring a light snack, as it can become quite a long day.

If you would like more information or want to schedule an appointment with our cochlear implant team, please call (206) 223-8802 or send us an email.

  Resources for Current Cochlear Implant Users

Prior to being seen for testing, it is recommended that you spend some time learning about cochlear implantation. Please review our information booklet and possibly contact some of the relevant resources for patients and families outlined on page 15.

Finally, it is highly recommended that you review the following Web sites for the cochlear implant devices offered at The Listen for Life Center:

Important Information for Cochlear Implant Users