Follow-up Visits

Multiple visits are necessary as part of the cochlear implant process. The chart below shows an approximation of the number of visits to the Cochlear Implant Center and what types of appointments are generally scheduled at each visit.

Visit

Appointments

Pre-implant
(Appointments are typically scheduled over two days.)

  • Audiological evaluation (may or may not include Auditory Brainstem Response testing and/or Otoacoustic Emissions testing)
  • Hearing aid trial (if not already completed)
  • Vestibular evaluation
  • Baseline speech perception testing and cochlear implant orientation
  • Expectations discussion
  • Speech and language evaluation
  • Physician office visit
  • CT scan

Surgery (usually outpatient)

Initial Stimulation (IS), day 1

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Baseline X-ray
  • Physician office visit

Initial Stimulation (IS), day 2

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Auditory learning session

1-2 weeks post-IS*

  • Cochlear implant programming

1 month post-IS

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Speech perception testing
  • Auditory learning session (children only)
  • Physician follow-up

3 months post-IS

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Speech perception testing
  • Baseline electrophysiologic testing
  • Auditory learning session (children only)
  • Physician follow-up

6 months post-IS

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Speech perception testing
  • Speech/language evaluation (for children under 3 years of age)
  • Auditory learning session (children only) 
  • Physician follow-up

9 months post-IS

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Speech perception testing
  • Auditory learning session (children only)

1 year post-IS

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Speech perception testing
  • Speech/language evaluation (children only)
  • Auditory learning session (children only)
  • Physician follow-up

Semi-annual visits *
(6-month intervals)

*For children implanted before age 5 years.

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Speech perception testing
  • Speech/language evaluation (for children under 3 years of age) 
  • Physician follow-up as needed

Annual visits

  • Cochlear implant programming
  • Speech perception testing
  • Physician follow-up as needed