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Cochlear Implants

If you have severe hearing loss, cochlear implants may be able to offer you a sense of sound, as well as improved ability to understand speech and speak clearly. Our team—comprised of ear, nose, and throat physicians; audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and more—will work with you to evaluate whether or not this surgery is appropriate. We’ll guide you through the surgery, help you learn to take full advantage of the implants, and support you during follow-up care.

Highlights & Resources

  • Cochlear Implants Bring Hope and Hearing to Patients

    See how this surgery improved the hearing and changed the lives of an adult, a child, and those who love them.
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    Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implant Candidate Criteria

  • The first step is evaluating your unique situation at an appointment with the team at Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance. Each patient is different, but candidates for cochlear implants typically meet the following criteria:
  • Adults: Moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears, limited benefit from amplification, with test scores of <50% in the ear to be implanted and <60% in the non-implanted ear on sentence recognition.
  • Children 2-17 years: Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears, limited benefit from amplification, with test scores <30% on sentence recognition.
  • Children under 2 years: Profound sensorineural hearing loss, limited benefit from amplification.

Next Steps for Candidates

If you’re recommended for cochlear implants, we’ll refer you to our monthly clinic held at St. Luke’s Children's Specialty Center, 100 E. Idaho St., Suite 200, in Boise. The Children’s Specialty Center is located on the campus of St. Luke’s Boise, just south of the main hospital. Detailed instructions will be provided.

Contact Us

To schedule an evaluation for cochlear implant candidacy, please call Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance at (208) 385-3440 or e-mail cochlearprogram@slhs.org.

For current cochlear implant patients, please call (208) 381-9590.