Pediatric UTD Callier Cochlear Implant Program
Contact Callier Cochlear Implant Program
Cochlear implants can make the difference between silence and sound for children with hearing loss so severe they cannot benefit from conventional hearing aids. The UTD Callier Cochlear Implant Program at Children’s Health℠ brings together experts from three of the state’s most renowned centers to provide the best in cochlear implantation for children.
The combined expertise of:
- Children’s Health
- UT Southwestern Medical Center
- UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders
provides excellent research, education and comprehensive clinical care for children with hearing loss.
Why Children's Health℠?
The UTD Callier Cochlear Implant Program at Children’s Health brings together experts from three of the state’s most renowned centers to provide the best in cochlear implantation for children. The combined expertise of Children’s Medical Center Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center and UTD Callier Center for Communication Disorders provides excellent research, education and comprehensive clinical care for children younger than 18 with hearing loss.
Children's Health medical staff offers fellowship-trained physicians in pediatric otolaryngology and otology. Surgical care is performed with specially trained pediatric anesthesiologists, and our nursing and support staff are specially trained in pediatric otolaryngology head and neck surgery.
Our team of professionals includes an otologist, audiologist, speech-language pathologist, social worker, psychologist, nurse and program manager – aggregating their expertise for the benefit of severe to profoundly deaf patients.
This comprehensive evaluation includes hearing tests, communications skills tests, medical exams, and other services such as a social work consultation to help determine if the child could benefit from a cochlear implant. It also involves a family consultation to discuss if the child is a candidate for a cochlear implant, review test results, and explain the potential benefits of having a cochlear implant.
- Age 12 months or older
- Severe to profound hearing loss in both ears
- Little benefit from hearing aids
- No medical contraindications
- Lack of progress in auditory skill development
From Childhood to Adulthood
Our affiliation with the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program allows our pediatric patients the opportunity to continue uninterrupted, consistent care into adulthood. This program has some of the world's most widely recognized cochlear implant speech-language scientists working hard to understand how cochlear implants can most effectively be used to improve speech and language outcomes and quality of life.
They also work with cochlear implant manufacturers to test and improve the design of the cochlear implant electrodes, and the program is one of only five sites involved in the National Institutes of Health study on the long-term outcomes of cochlear implantation, one of the largest ever funded for this purpose.