Cochlear Implant Programming & Troubleshooting

A cochlear implant is a medical device that is surgically implanted for individuals who are deaf or severely hard of hearing and who are not able to understand speech with hearing aids.  Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants bypass the outer parts of the hearing system and send electrical signals along the hearing nerve to the brain.  This electrical stimulation of the hearing nerve allows cochlear implant users to hear sounds. The UWSHC provides programming, troubleshooting, and aural (re)habilitation services for patients with existing Cochlear and Advanced Bionics’ cochlear implant devices. 

For questions about the UWSHC’s cochlear implant services or to schedule a cochlear implant mapping appointment, please contact Dr. Melanie Buhr-Lawler at 608-890-1504 or

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