Mayo Clinic's approach

Teamwork

Each of Mayo Clinic's campuses has a specialized team that evaluates, treats and rehabilitates hearing loss. These teams include specialists in otorhinolaryngology (ENT), audiology and speech pathology. A team of specialists in many areas works together to provide the most appropriate treatment for you.

Long-term support

Mayo Clinic specialists are committed to the long-term support of people who receive cochlear implants, from the initial fitting and programming of the devices to ongoing management of device performance.

Continuous improvement

Mayo researchers are continually trying to improve cochlear implant technology and care. Mayo Clinic offers the latest technology available for cochlear implants.

Treatment experience

Mayo Clinic in Minnesota was among one of the first medical centers to use cochlear implants to treat children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD). Mayo Clinic's cochlear implant team has successfully treated a large number of children with ANSD who didn't benefit from hearing aids.

Research

Mayo Clinic has a long history of participation in research involving innovations of hardware and software used in cochlear implantation and programming. Specific efforts include studies of cochlear implants for hearing loss in one ear (unilateral) in adults and children, improved electrodes, and the use of cochlear implants in people with inner-ear schwannomas.

Other areas of research focus on children, including efforts to determine the effectiveness of cochlear implants for children with less severe hearing loss.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Expertise and rankings

Experience

Each year, Mayo Clinic cochlear implant teams implant more than 180 cochlear implant systems in adults and children. Mayo Clinic has performed cochlear implants for a wide range of ages of children and adults.

Advanced technology

Recent improvements in cochlear implant technology mean that a broad group of adults and children with hearing impairment can now benefit from the use of cochlear implants. Mayo Clinic offers the latest technology available for cochlear implants, including electroacoustic stimulation and hybrid cochlear implants.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for ear, nose and throat by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Clinical trials

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March 24, 2020
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