Donate to Cochlear Implants (ENT) Research, Patient Care and Education

A cochlear implant is a small electronic device with two parts. One component is a microphone that rests behind the ear to receive sounds, and the second component in the inner ear acts as a stimulator and converts speech into sounds. Children or adults who are deaf or severely hearing impaired may benefit from cochlear implants. Hearing loss can stem from birth, gradual decline or sudden injury.

With the support of your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine will continue to advance research aimed at increasing the success rates of cochlear implants.  

Before a patient undergoes cochlear implant surgery, specialists at Northwestern Medicine are committed to fully educating him or her on potential outcomes. Depending on the severity of hearing loss, a patient might expect:

  • Ability to understand speech without lip reading
  • Understand voices over the phone
  • Enjoy TV, radio and music
  • A period of training and therapy post surgery
  • To potentially recharge batteries on a daily basis
  • Experience interference from static electricity, synthetic fabrics carpeting, etc.
  • Potential for damage of implant during contact sports.

Our surgeons also discuss potential risks with a patient before the individual determines whether or not to receive a cochlear implant. These risks can include bleeding, swelling, infection in the area of the implant, numbness in the ear, leakage of fluid in the cochlea or leakage of spinal fluid, as well as complications from general anesthesia and the potential for chronic inflammation in the area of the implant.

The implant process contains two procedures. The first procedure is the surgical insertion of the electrodes into the Cochlea. Four to six weeks later the receiver is fitted behind the ear, the electrodes are tested and speech therapy can begin.

Cochlear Implants Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to to advance vital research related to cochlear implants, and you will be a part of increasing treatment options for people suffering from hearing impairment or total hearing loss. Your generosity will offer support, hope and meaningful choices to many people as they consider the risks and benefits of cochlear implants.

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