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Published on February 13, 2018

Ongoing care for cochlear implant patients

Emily Farmer, AuD

If you have a patient who has received a cochlear implant, or is considering this hearing-assisting surgery, Gundersen Health System can now provide those patients with ongoing programming and care.

Cochlear implants are for people who are deaf or severely or profoundly hard of hearing, including people born deaf. It's a small electronic device that electrically stimulates the cochlear nerve, which helps give a person a sense of sounds. It doesn't restore hearing to "normal," but it can help a person understand speech and noises in their environment.

Gundersen does not, at this time, offer the surgical procedure. "But patients can come to Gundersen for their ongoing cochlear implant care, closer and more convenient for patients living in the Tri-state Region," says Emily Farmer, AuD, Gundersen Audiology.

Audiology initially needs to see patients every three to six months for the first year post-surgery and device activation, then once a year for software upgrades, troubleshooting and adjustments.

For more information call Gundersen Audiology via MedLink at (608) 775-5465.

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