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10 Tips for Patients

seniors with cochlear implants

Improve your hearing success after cochlear implantation surgery with these tips from the Johns Hopkins Listening Center.

  1. Contact your cochlear implant manufacturer as soon as an equipment problem occurs. They can help troubleshoot and replace necessary equipment immediately.
  2. Check your magnet site regularly. Healthy skin is a must for continued cochlear implant use.
  3. Reduce the magnet strength if it is applied too tightly or if the skin is red or irritated.
  4. Having an additional surgery? Notify The Listening Center or your implant manufacturer about ways to keep your device safe during surgery.
  5. CT scans and X-rays are safe, but contact your surgeon if you are prescribed an MRI.
  6. Always take your backup equipment on vacation.
  7. Use a drying aid kit every night to eliminate any moisture absorbed by your sound processor throughout the day.
  8. Follow your implant company on social media for any updates about your equipment.
  9. Cochlear implant manufacturers have support groups for recipients and their families.
  10. Ask your audiologist about finding your local hearing loss association.
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