Each patient, caregiver and/or family member receives individual instruction and counseling related to hearing loss and hearing loss treatment.
The audiology clinics in both Hillcrest and La Jolla provide diagnostic hearing evaluations to inpatients and outpatients.
The latest in digital programmable hearing aids are available for hearing-impaired patients to purchase.
Auditory Brainstem Implant
An auditory brainstem implant (ABI) is a small device that is surgically inserted to restore sensations of sound. It is recommended for people who would not benefit from a cochlear implant or hearing aid because their auditory nerves are not functioning, they have bilateral cochlear ossification, or absent/severely malformed cochleae.
An ABI bypasses the cochlea and auditory nerves and restores some sensations of sound by directly stimulating central auditory pathways to the brain using electrical impulses.
An ABI may also be implanted during surgery to remove a tumor such as an acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) in cases of neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2).