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University Hospitals Cochlear Implant Center of Excellence+

If you are a candidate for a cochlear implant, the University Hospitals Cochlear Implant Center of Excellence+ offers a comprehensive range of services, including evaluation, travel assistance, surgery, aftercare and associated ancillary services. UH’s Ear, Nose & Throat Institute’s Audiology & Cochlear Implant Center is one of the largest cochlear implant programs in the U.S. Few other hospitals possess our knowledge and experience in this area; in fact, our cochlear implantation program is among the top 10 programs in the country for total number of cochlear implants performed.

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Choose an option to begin planning your cochlear implant surgery at our Center of Excellence+.

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What Is a Center of Excellence+?

At UH, we define Center of Excellence+ (COE+) as a program established to supply an exceptionally high concentration of expertise and related resources centered on a particular area of medicine. A COE+ strives for value, optimal clinical outcomes, a positive patient experience, and lower costs for both patients and employers.

Bundled Package

All the services offered through University Hospitals’ Cochlear Implant Surgery Center of Excellence+ are bundled together to be paid at a single rate. This approach promotes efficiency and best practices from all caregivers involved as they work together to provide the highest quality patient care while staying within a price point. Program navigators provide concierge-style support, coordinating all specialist appointments and ancillary services and accompanying patients to these appointments.

The UH Cochlear Implant Surgery Center of Excellence+ bundled package includes the following:


  • Neurotology evaluation with surgical consult
  • Complete audiologic evaluation
  • Pre-operative speech evaluation
  • Complete immittance with acoustic reflex testing
  • Limited otoacoustic emissions testing
  • CT or MRI
  • Evaluation of auditory rehabilitation status (with hearing aids), including cochlear implant evaluation


  • Cochlear implant surgery charges for the following:
    • Hospital
    • Surgeon
    • Anesthesia
    • Radiology
    • Pathology
  • Lab services
  • Medical records review
  • Cochlear implant device
  • Initial stimulation
  • Follow-up cochlear implant programming
  • Evaluation of auditory rehabilitation status (with hearing aids)
  • Postoperative immittance
  • Pure-tone audio, air and bone
  • Postoperative audiology evaluation

For further information on cochlear implant surgery preparation, aftercare and related topics, please visit our Cochlear Implantation page.

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