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. Thanks to your generous donations, board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine continue to advance research and clinical trials to increase success rates of Cochlear implants.  

Before undergoing Cochlear implant surgery, specialists at Northwestern Medicine are committed to fully educating patients on potential outcomes. Depending on the severity of hearing loss patients can potentially 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.
  • The potential for damage of implant during contact sports.

Your team of specialists at Northwestern Medicine, located throughout the greater Chicago area, will also provide information on the risks associated with Cochlear implant surgery. 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 (ENT) Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Consider making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation for advancing clinical trials and research, increasing treatment options and positive outcomes for those suffering from hearing impairment or total hearing loss.

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