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Cochlear Implants

Image of various Cochlear Implant models.

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. The implant consists of an external portion that sits behind the ear and a second portion that is surgically placed under the skin.



FDA Approved Cochlear Implants Manufacturers

Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics' current internal implant is the HiRes 90K. It coordinates with the external Harmony Processor, which is a BTE with detached battery option and the Platinum Series Processor (PSP), which is a body worn system.

Cochlear Corporation

Cochlear's current implant system is called the Nucleus 5 or N5. It includes the internal implant (CIRE24), external processor (CP810), and remote assistant (CR810). The N5 sound processor has a variety of wearing configurations, including a detached battery option, compact battery BTE, and BTE.


MED-EL's current cochlear implant system is called the Maestro. Recipients have either the Concert, Sonata or Pulsar internal implant, which coordinates with the Opus2 sound processor and FineTuner remote control. The Opus2 sound processor can be reconfigured in a detached battery mode.



Kentucky Area Cochlear Implant Resources

The Heuser Hearing Institute
111 East Kentucky St.
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 515-3320 (V)
(502) 515-3323 (T)
(502) 515-3325 (Fax)

Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
University of Kentucky Clinic
740 South Limestone, Third Floor
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40536-0284
(859) 257-5405

Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs
310 Whittington Parkway, Suite 200
Louisville KY 40222
(502) 429-4430
(502) 429-4489
(800) 232-1160

Cincinnati Children's Hospital
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
(513) 636-4200
(513) 636-2460
(800) 344-2462



National Resources For Cochlear Implants

American Cochlear Implant Alliance
P.O. Box 103
McLean, VA 22101-0103
(703) 534-6146

Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation
3109 Beaver Creek Lane
Springfield, IL 62712
(800) 795-0824