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The Cochlear Implant Center

The Johns Hopkins Cochlear Implant Center offers a comprehensive approach to cochlear implantation and is one of the largest cochlear implant programs in the nation. Our specialists represent decades of experience in a variety of disciplines including education, audiology, ear surgery, speech and language pathology, psychology and imaging technology. Our goal is to bring meaningful sound to the lives of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing through a partnership of medicine, research, technology, rehabilitation and advocacy.

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New Name: The Johns Hopkins Cochlear Implant Center

Effective Oct. 26, 2020, the Johns Hopkins Listening Center has changed to the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Implant Center. The new name was chosen to more clearly convey the services our center provides. We are also pleased to announce that the center’s team of specialists are now performing pediatric and adult cochlear implant surgeries at Green Spring Station in addition to locations at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center in Bethesda.

We Are Here and Ready to Safely Care for You

At Johns Hopkins Medicine, your health and safety are our very highest priorities. We are ready to care for you and your family in our hospitals, surgery centers, and through in-person clinic and online video visits. Learn how we are keeping you safe and protected so that you can get the care you need.

How to Schedule Your Appointment


Video Visits (Telemedicine)

Many new and existing Johns Hopkins patients have the option to have a video appointment (telemedicine) with their provider, depending on their healthcare need. If you don't have a device to use for a video visit, you and your provider may decide that a telephone call will meet your needs.
Learn more about video visits.

Surgeries and Procedures

If you've been already scheduled for a procedure that had to be postponed, we will reach out to you to reschedule. If this is a new procedure, please contact us at 443-997-6467 to schedule a consultation.
Learn more about preparing for your appointment.

In-person Visits

If you are an existing patient and had an appointment that was postponed, our offices may contact you to reschedule. You can also call your doctor’s office or send a message via MyChart to discuss your healthcare needs so we can determine the appointment that is most appropriate. If you are a new patient, please call us at 443-997-6467 to schedule an in-person primary or specialty care visit.
Learn more about in-person visits.

*New patients have not been previously seen by a provider at the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. **Existing patients have been seen by the department in the past. Existing patients must have a MyChart account to request an appointment online, or may otherwise need to call. You can enroll in MyChart to manage appointments, communicate with your provider, receive test results and request prescription renewals.

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New Safety Measures for Your Next Appointment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Whether you are a new patient or a returning patient, you can feel confident in the safety guidelines and special adaptations that make visits easier for those with hearing difficulties. Learn how we keep you safe during your visit to one of our clinics.

Learn more information on our new safety guidelines

Introduction to Cochlear Implantation

Charles Della Santina, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Implant Center, answers questions about what a cochlear implant is, who qualifies and what you can expect after surgery.

New Cochlear Implantation Treatment Options for Single-Sided Deafness

Learn from Johns Hopkins audiologist Steve Bowditch Au.D., M.S. about the latest application for cochlear implantation now available to patients with single-sided deafness.

Meet the specialists who have devoted their careers to caring for cochlear implant patients.

Meet Our Specialists

Meet the specialists who have devoted their careers to caring for cochlear implant patients.
Appointments and Locations

Appointments and Locations

Request an appointment with The Cochlear Implant Center in either Baltimore or Bethesda.

Hearing Loss Treatment E-Book

The Cochlear Implant Center’s Guide to Hearing Loss Treatment

This free downloadable e-book was developed by the Cochlear Implant Center to support your care.  

Joyce's Story: Cochlear Implantation

After being deaf for nearly 30 years, at age 66, Joyce was a perfect candidate for cochlear implantation. Learn how her wish to hear the voices of her children again came true following her implant and rehabilitation.

John Niparko

Continuing John Niparko's Legacy

John Niparko, M.D., established the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Implant Center in 1991, building it to become one of the leading cochlear implant programs in the U.S. His research, which included leading the landmark Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation study, laid the foundation for understanding the role that cochlear implants can play in the development of children with hearing loss.

Learn more about Niparko's legacy