Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program

Profound deafness in childhood affects the development of auditory speech perception, speech production, and language skills. Studies have shown that early implantation of cochlear implants is important for producing optimal results in children with deafness. Proper rehabilitation is also an essential piece of the treatment program because it maximizes the hearing potential after cochlear implantation.

Cochlear implant helps girl hear

The Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a joint collaboration with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) that offers patients and families the unique benefits of a program and treatment from the combined efforts of an academic medical institution and a nationally recognized children’s hospital.

This comprehensive, full-service cochlear implant program is one of only a few of its kind in New Jersey.

Our Multidisciplinary Team

Our multi-specialty staff has expertise in the use of advanced hearing technologies, and provides unparalleled and compassionate care for infants, children, adolescents, and teenagers with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, which means there is dysfunction of the inner ear or hearing nerve.

Through our program, children receive a complete evaluation, treatment and follow-up care, all from the same team, in the same place. The collaborative approach offered at our academic medical center will ensure your child is receiving the very best care and latest treatment advances.

Fellowship-trained surgeons from the Division of Otology/Neurotology and Pediatric Otolaryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery at RWJMS work with a dedicated team that is composed of professionals from a variety of different specialty areas. The team includes:

  • Audiologists
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Medical geneticist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Developmental pediatrician

Working Together with You

Family is an integral part of the pediatric cochlear implant team at BMSCH. As a family member, you play an important role in ensuring your child’s successful implantation by staying actively involved in their rehabilitation, development activities, and follow-up care.

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Contact Us

If your child's doctor believes cochlear implant evaluation would be appropriate, call us at (732) 937-8655.

Patient Stories

  • “The recovery was pretty challenging. But in my head, I was like, ‘I need to do this if I still want to play football in college.’ So I pushed through it, and in the end, it all came out amazing.”

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  • “I feel amazing. I can move. I can do so much more physical activity without feeling pain.”

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  • A 10-year-old girl collides with a bike, leading to emergency brain surgery.

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