Cochlear Implant Support Group Links Patients, Community

Through a partnership between UC Health and the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati (HSDC), local patients with cochlear implants have a place to gather and share their experiences with the device.

Initiated 8 years ago when otolaryngologist Ravi Samy, MD, came to Cincinnati to direct UC Health’s adult cochlear implant program, the Cochlear Implant Support Group now comprises 20 to 30 cochlear implant patients and their spouses who meet quarterly to share their experiences and learn from device manufacturers and health care professionals.

“It’s a win-win,” says UC Health audiologist Lisa Houston, AuD. “It creates a bridge between the two programs in the community. For patients, it’s a non-threatening environment to ask questions they may have been afraid to ask their doctor.”

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