Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implants Experts in Alaska

In most circumstances, hearing aids are the most common option for people suffering with a hearing loss.

It’s only when a hearing loss progresses into being profound or severe when a cochlear implant should be considered, as their capabilities to improve the quality of lives are nothing short of incredible.

Alaska Hearing and Tinnitus Center are proud to offer this specialized service.

Schedule an appointment with us today to discuss whether cochlear implants are the best solution for you or a loved one.

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I can not express in words how my experience was here at Alaska Hearing and Tinnitus center. Dr. Emily treated me with so much patience, and kindness. She is so knowledgeable and it’s very apparent she is the best around at what she does. Thank you so much for helping not just myself but so many people struggling with their hearing.

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What is a Cochlear Implant?

Cochlear implants are stunningly advanced medical devices that are implanted within the ear, and are capable of restoring your hearing as close to its natural state as possible, (if your hearing loss is severe).

Check out the diagram on the left to see what it looks like and how it sits within the ear.

Cochlear implants can be placed in one ear (unilateral), or both ears (bilateral), and both children from as young as six-to-twelve months and adults can benefit from the much-improved hearing quality they offer.

Q: What’s the difference between a cochlear implant and a hearing aid?

The main difference is that cochlear implants are surgically implanted within your ear, which means they don’t amplify sounds like hearing aids do, instead, they bypass the damaged part of the ear and use an ‘electrical stimulation’ to mimic the damaged element, which enables you to hear much better.

Q: Are there any risks involved with cochlear implant surgery?

Requiring only a one-day hospital stay (in most circumstances), the risks involved in cochlear implant surgery are reassuringly minimal, and patients are under general anaesthesia throughout.

Q: What is the process to receive a cochlear implant?

We, your Audiologists, will perform all necessary testing in our office. You will meet with an ENT to evaluate your surgical candidacy. Surgery day is often an outpatient procedure, so no overnight stay! You will recover from the surgery for a few weeks first, and then we will activate your cochlear implants.

Q: What benefits will I receive from cochlear implants?

A: First and foremost, you will be able to enjoy a much smoother and more natural hearing experience. You’ll be able to hear sounds and conversations at a much more comfortable level, and you won’t need to raise your own voice to hear yourself speak.

In addition to this, you’ll be able to enjoy music and phone conversations at a much more pleasing level than before.

Q: How much do cochlear implants cost, and can I claim on my insurance?

Good news! Most insurances have coverage for cochlear implants. We will happily navigate you through this process

Dr. Emily McMahan and Hayley Shirley of Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center

Schedule a Hearing Assessment

If you or a loved one are concerned that hearing aids aren’t working for you, or you need some guidance on what level your hearing is at, the best thing to do is schedule a hearing assessment with us so we can give you that much-needed clarity there and then.

Rest assured, we will always give you the best possible advice and of course, as Alaska’s most trusted hearing experts and a partner of the Cochlear Provider Network, we will do what we can to help you get back to living a life you love.

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