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By Mayo Clinic Staff


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Patient stories

Learning to Hear Again

There are certain sounds that Scott Malmstrom had never known. He was born with hearing impairment, and it gradually got worse throughout his life. By fourth grade, he began experimenting with hearing aids. Over time, he became what he calls a “professional lip reader.” Hearing aids didn’t help much with the type of hearing loss [...]

  • Skilled teams. Each Mayo Clinic location has a specialized team for evaluating, treating and rehabilitating hearing loss. These teams include ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists.
  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic cochlear implant teams implant more than 150 Food and Drug Administration-approved cochlear implant systems in adults and children.
  • Long-term support. Mayo Clinic providers are committed to the long-term support of people who receive cochlear implant, from the initial fitting and programming of the devices, through rehabilitation, to ongoing management of device performance.
  • Continuous improvement. Mayo researchers are continually trying to improve cochlear implant technology and care, with a special focus on hybrid devices that blend hearing aid and cochlear implant technologies.

Related videos

ENT surgeon Colin L. Driscoll, M.D., discusses Mayo Clinic's minimally invasive approach to cochlear implants.

Audiologist Sarah R. Holbert, Au.D., C.C.C.A. describes cochlear implants at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona.

A man shares his story of dealing with hearing loss and experiencing what it's like to hear again after going through the cochlear implant process. Learn more.

A mother and her son describe their cochlear implant experience at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

March 19, 2015