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IS A COCHLEAR
IMPLANT RIGHT
FOR YOU?

Kate Berger, an engineering
specialist, spends much of
her time in Lynchburg. Now,
with her implants, she can
enjoy not only the sights but
also the sounds of the city.

"Hearing loss is very socially isolating," says
University of Virginia Health System otologist/
neurotologist and surgeon Bradley Kesser,
MD. "People may become withdrawn and,
in some instances, depressed." A cochlear
implant can help people better connect with
the world. But cochlear implants are not recommended for all patients with hearing loss.
There are criteria for cochlear implant candidacy, says Dr. Kesser. "In general, patients
must have severe to profound hearing loss,
not mild or moderate losses, to be a candidate for the implant." To be eligible, adult
cochlear implant recipients must:

1

Be healthy enough to undergo
outpatient surgery

2
3

 ave severe hearing loss (less than
H
30 percent hearing ability with a
hearing aid)

Have a word recognition score of
less than 50 percent in the ear to
be implanted

WEBSITE

PHOTO BY JACKSON SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY

When Hearing
Aids Are Not
Enough
The nationally known
cochlear implant program at
UVA provides an opportunity
to restore hearing for those
who are unable to benefit
from conventional hearing
aids. For more details, visit
uvahealth.com/cochlear
or email the UVA Audiology
team at uvaci@hscmail.
mcc.virginia.edu.

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