Implantation & Recovery

Getting Your Cochlear Implant

Once our cochlear implant team have determined that you’re a candidate for a cochlear implant and your financing has been secured, you’ll be scheduled for implantation. Soon, hearing friends and family in restaurants, talking to your grandchildren on the phone, and fully participating in a meeting at work may be your everday reality.

The idea of implantation may evoke a range of feelings, including excitement, hope, or apprehension. Rest assured, cochlear implantations are relatively simple, minimally invasive, and performed thousands of times per year across the world. In fact, patients go home the same day and resume their regular activities within a couple of days.

A Straightforward Solution to Better Hearing

Cochlear implantations are routinely straightforward, typically taking two to three hours. Because the procedure is done under general anesthesia, you’ll spend additional time in the preparation and recovery areas.

Preparing for Cochlear Implantation

As you prepare to get your cochlear implant, there are a few things to keep in mind. While your implant team will be present to support you, you should bring a friend or loved one in case you need help communicating and who can also help you drive home once the procedure is complete.

“After getting my implant, I saw Dennis DeYoung, from the band Styx, in concert. I cried a river of joyful tears throughout the whole show. I didn’t think I would ever ‘hear’ music like that again.”

— Glenice Swenson, implanted at age 45, bilaterally implanted at age 51