About Cochlear Implants
Our team evaluates patients for a cochlear implant based on several criteria, including audiological, medical, developmental, and psychosocial factors. A thorough evaluation to determine if a child is a candidate for cochlear implantation generally requires multiple visits:
- Assessment by a pediatric otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat physician)
- Follow-up and treatment by an audiologist, including hearing aid trials
- Assessment by a speech therapist
- Evaluation by social team of psychological and social support
We perform 50 pediatric implantations annually. At any time, the program serves many patients who are at different stages of the cochlear implantation process.
After the Procedure
After the implant of a cochlear device, the program team continues to support a child and family to help the patient progress successfully in hearing and language development. Post-operative services include:
- Auditory habilitation/rehabilitation
- Language intervention
- Coordination between parents, schools, and the implant center
Children's National Team
The Cochlear Implant Program at Children's National evaluates children at any age and hearing level. Infants who are identified with hearing loss first undergo a trial to assess the effectiveness of hearing aids. Infants who do not show improvement with hearing aids are evaluated by the Cochlear Implant Committee. This group of audiologists, speech therapists, and otolaryngologists determine each infant’s candidacy for cochlear implantation.
Drs. Diego Preciado and Brian Reilly perform approximately 50 pediatric implantations annually—more than any other pediatric cochlear implant program in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
Our team members are fluent in Spanish and interpreters are available for every session with our specialists. All of the audiologists in the program are skilled in American Sign Language (ASL). The program also has speech language pathologists with auditory-verbal training in addition to more traditional therapies.