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Cochlear Implant Services

The Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic at Illinois State University is offers cochlear implant services. A cochlear implant is a surgical hearing solution.  A licensed audiologist, along with graduate clinicians perform cochlear implant candidacy testing, initial activation, and follow up services.  We work with Cochlear and Advanced Bionics cochlear implants.  We have relationships with cochlear implant surgeons in Peoria, Champaign, and St. Louis.

In 2020, Cochlear created a Hearing Aid Check Tool which allows patients to determine if hearing aids are enough for them or if they should consider a cochlear implant evaluation.  Click here to complete these 10 - 15 minute questionnaire/listening activities for more information about your needs.


Cochlear Implant Candidacy Testing

This appointment is designed to determine if a patient is a candidate for a cochlear implant.  Patients who are candidates have moderate or worse sensorineural hearing loss and limited benefit with well-fit hearing aids. During the appointment, an updated hearing test will be performed, as well as testing how well you hear speech with background noise.  Following testing, the evaluation will be discussed.  If you're a candidate we'll discuss your options for processor styles and colors as well as realistic expectations.


Cochlear Implant Initial Activation

Approximately one month following implantation, the external processor of the cochlear implant can be activated.  During the appointment the licensed audiologist and graduate student clinician will check the surgical site for overall healing, program the cochlear implant processor appropriately for the patient, and discuss use, care and maintenance. It is recommended that patients bring a family member or friend with them.


Cochlear Implant Follow Up

Throughout the first year after surgery, patients will have follow up appointments for their cochlear implant. After the first year, annual follow-ups are customary.  Patients may also choose to follow up if they are having issues with their processor. During these appointments we discuss wireless accessories, recheck settings, and retest hearing in the sound booth. 


*Many insurance companies cover cochlear implant surgery. Please call our clinic office manager to discuss insurance coverages and billing information.

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