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Cochlear Implants


A cochlear implant (CI) is an electronic device that helps improve hearing in people with severe hearing loss. A CI has an external and internal part. CI surgery is done to place the internal part of the CI in your ear.


Follow up with your surgeon or ear, nose, and throat specialist as directed:

You will need to return to have your stitches removed. You will go to training to learn how to listen and understand sounds using your CI. You will also learn how to care for your CI. You will have regular checkups to make sure your CI works properly. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on a new, clean bandage as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.


A CI increases your risk of meningitis. You will need a pneumococcal vaccine. Ask which vaccine is right for you and when you should receive it.

Contact your surgeon or ear, nose, and throat specialist if:

  • You have a fever, chills, and feel weak and achy.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • You feel dizzy or have nausea and vomiting.
  • You feel more sleepy than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Clear fluid leaks from your ear or nose.
  • Your face is numb, or you cannot move parts of your face.
  • You have a severe headache.
  • Your neck feels painful or stiff.

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