The Cochlear Implant team at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center includes audiologists, speech therapists, social workers and developmental pediatrics. We work together with children and their families to create an individualized plan for each child.

Patient wearing a cochlear implant
A cochlear implant helps patients with hearing loss.

Cochlear implant in infants for remarkable speech development

To improve speech development, children who are born with severe to profound hearing loss must be aided, using hearing aids, before or by the age of six months. If hearing aid placement is not helpful, cochlear implants can be indicated by the age of one year. Such timely treatments are essential for the development of speech, as well as the ability to understand speech.

Cochlear implants give one-year-old gift of sound

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Multidisciplinary team expertise

The Cochlear Implant team at Penn State Children’s Hospital consists of two surgeons – Dr. Huseyin Isildak, our nuero/otologist, and Dr. Jason May, our pediatric otolaryngologist, a team of audiologists, speech therapists, social workers and developmental pediatrics. We work together with children and their families to determine the appropriateness of cochlear implantation, the availability of resources and implementation of rehabilitation for each child.

  • Assess the need
  • Confirm candidacy
  • Select a device
  • Implantation surgery
  • Follow up care
  • Patient and family education 

Patients with hearing loss are immediately evaluated to determine the need for a cochlear implant. The relationship with the patient continues beyond identification of hearing loss and surgical implantation to include a post-operative programming session, evaluation of progress, and speech therapy. The cochlear implant team works closely with other ancillary services within or outside of the institution to ensure the patient and family are receiving the appropriate care and services.

Special masks are worn for the Hearing Impaired

Two male doctors wearing special face masks that allow for lip-reading in those that are hearing impaired.
Drs. Pool and Whitaker modeling a special mask that allows for lip-reading in those that are hearing impaired. This was before a successful cochlear implant surgery!

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Cochlear Implant Support Group

Sponsored by Audiology at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, this support group provides information about cochlear implant surgery as well as an opportunity for cochlear...

Sponsored by Audiology at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital, this support group provides information about cochlear implant surgery as well as an opportunity for cochlear implant recipients and their families to connect with other implant recipients.

To learn more, please call audiology services at 717-531-6822.

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