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Cochlear Implant Activation

The cochlear implant activation day is much anticipated for our cochlear implant recipients, their family, and friends. Activation of the device typically is done one to two weeks after surgery.  This is the day when the audiologist t​urns on and programs or “maps” the settings for the cochlear implant, allowing the recipient to hear sound through the device for the first time.

Cochlear Implant Mapping

Each map is created specifically for the individual to ensure that soft sounds are audible, and that loud sounds are loud but never uncomfortable. Once the speech processor programs have been created, the processor microphone is activated so that the recipient will hear speech and other sounds through the implant for the first time. The audiologists will adjust the settings to enhance the quality of the sound derived from the cochlear implant.​

Video Streaming During Activation

To help make this day even more special, Boys Town National Research Hospital can provide cochlear implant activation web casting at the family’s request. Family, friends, educators, and other care providers who are not able to attend the programming session may view the activation through a secure web site. Families who are interested in this option can contact their audiologist to coordinate a web casting session.