Cochlear Implant (CI)
A cochlear implant (CI) is an electronic device that is placed in surgery. This device allows a person with severe to profound deafness to hear when the hearing (auditory) nerves are electrically stimulated. You will be working closely with an audiologist (hearing specialist).
- You may stay in the hospital for up to one or two nights.
- A small incision is made behind the ear. You may have a large dressing around your head that will be removed the next day.
- The head of your bed will be raised about 45° for the first night.
- Do not lie on the incision side for a few weeks.
- Avoid excess activity for 2 weeks or for the amount of time your doctor orders. No jogging, aerobics, swimming, or lifting greater than 10 pounds.
- After 4 – 6 weeks the device is turned on. Then the external processor is placed and programmed by the audiologist to make the internal device work. You will be working closely with your audiologist to set the device for the best results.
- You may shower and wash your hair on the 3rd day after surgery, but try to avoid direct spray of water on the incision for 1 week. Do not put your head under water in the bath tub or go swimming for 2 weeks.
- Call the clinic if you have any swelling, redness, pain, or drainage from the incision.
ENT Clinic, Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00 pm (608) 263-6190
After hours and weekends, this number is answered by the paging operator. Ask for the ENT doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 10/21/2011
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