Cochlear Implant Center
Some children have such profound hearing loss that a hearing aid won't help. For them, the answer may be a cochlear implant, an electronic device that provides the experience of hearing by directly stimulating the hearing nerve.
UCSF's pediatric Cochlear Implant Center has been developing and designing cochlear implant systems for more than 30 years. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists includes pediatric surgeons, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, an educator and outreach liaison and a team coordinator. They work closely together, from the initial evaluation to surgery and long-term follow-up.
Not every child with severe hearing loss is a candidate for a cochlear implant. We consider many factors, including medical status, current language level, language potential, school program the child is enrolled in and family involvement. After implantation, we will work closely with your family, as well as with schools, teachers, therapists and other health care providers, to maximize your child's potential for understanding language and for communicating.
Our locations (4)
Dylan K. Chan
MD, PhD, MS, FAAPPediatric otolaryngologist
MDOtologist, neurotologist and skull base surgeon
MD, FAAPPediatric otolaryngologist
MDPediatric otolaryngologist and neurotology specialist
Alison J. Nachman
CCC-SLP, MSSpeech-language pathologist
Awards & recognition
Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your child's condition
- List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
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UCSF Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Research