Mayo Clinic's approach


Each of Mayo Clinic's campuses has a specialized team for evaluating, treating and rehabilitating hearing loss. These teams include specialists in otorhinolaryngology (ENT), audiology and speech pathology.

At Mayo Clinic, your evaluation for cochlear implants involves tests with various specialists during several outpatient visits. These tests include:

  • Medical evaluation
  • Hearing test
  • Hearing aid evaluation
  • Tests of speech understanding with appropriate hearing aids
  • Speech pathology consultation
  • Balance assessment
  • MRI or CT scan
  • Psychology consultation

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, including hybrid cochlear implants.

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.

  1. Cochlear Implants Open a New World for Aida

    When Melinda and Matt Little found out their baby girl, Aida, was deaf, they wanted to do everything they could to enable her to hear. A multidisciplinary team at Mayo Clinic helped them achieve that goal. Last November, 7-month-old Aida Little was able to hear her parents' voices calling to her for the first time. [...]

  2. Living and Loving Out Loud

    Affected by hearing loss for years, Jerry and Madalaine McDaniel created a world for themselves that revolved around their quiet home environment. But when the couple was offered a chance to escape the silence, they leaped at the possibility of a return to sound. From the start, hearing loss was a part of Madalaine and [...]

  3. A Noise-Filled Hearing Loss Journey

    Suffering from severe hearing loss and struggling to find answers, Dianne Lee Needham turned to Mayo Clinic's Cochlear Implant Program. Here she shares in her own words how the care she received has dramatically improved her quality of life. Written by Dianne Lee Needham Three years ago, my hearing was fine until I flew from [...]

  4. Cochlear Implant Allows Judith Collins to Relish Her Life Again

    Over time, progressive hearing loss thwarted Judith Collin's enjoyment of family, friends and activities. Now a cochlear implant has restored her ability to enthusiastically engage with the people and pastimes she loves. Over the course of an exciting career, Judith Collins has been a professor of psychology, an author and a CIA officer. But 27 [...]

Expertise and rankings


Each year, Mayo Clinic cochlear implant teams implant more than 150 cochlear implant systems in adults and children. Mayo Clinic has performed cochlear implants in children as young as 4 months of age and in adults up to age 96.

Mayo Clinic's Cochlear Implant Facility in Rochester, Minnesota, was one of the first programs 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 did not benefit from hearing aids.

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 an implant system. Mayo Clinic offers the latest technology available for cochlear implants, including hybrid cochlear implants.

Hybrid cochlear implants stimulate the area at the base of the cochlea electrically, while also providing the acoustic amplification of a hearing aid. Hybrid devices preserve residual hearing in an ear by using both cochlear implant technology and a traditional hearing aid apparatus in the same ear.


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 unilateral hearing loss 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.

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.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

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