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  • Loyola Medicine’s Hearing Center Announces 500th Cochlear Implant Procedure
    2 Apr , 2018















    Loyola Medicine’s Hearing Center Announces 500th Cochlear Implant Procedure


    Loyola Medicine’s hearing center reached another milestone recently by performing its 500th cochlear implant, the Illinois-based hospital announced.


    The procedure was performed by John Leonetti, MD, one of four Loyola otolaryngologists who have extensive experience in cochlear implant surgery, according to the announcement. A cochlear implant is used in patients with sensorineural hearing loss, which is caused by a disease or lesion affecting the inner ear or auditory nerve. The device bypasses damaged parts of the auditory system and stimulates the auditory nerve, enabling the patient to receive sound.


    “Cochlear implants allow patients to hear much better, which can greatly improve their quality of life,” said Sam Marzo, MD, chair of Loyola’s department of otolaryngology, who also performs cochlear implants along with Matthew Kircher, MD and Dennis Moore, MD.


    “Cochlear implants have become standard treatments for patients with various degrees of sensorineural hearing loss who do not receive enough benefit from hearing aids,” said Audiologist Chief Candace R. Blank, AuD. “But there’s a common misconception that the devices are intended only for patients with profound hearing loss.”


    Loyola is said to be among the highest-volume centers for cochlear implants in the Midwest and was among the first centers to implant a hybrid system that combines a cochlear implant with a hearing aid. Loyola offers cochlear implants to patients who have normal or near-normal hearing in one ear (single-sided deafness), especially to those with debilitating tinnitus in the impaired ear. (Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ear.) Loyola is also said to have been among the first centers in the country to offer other leading-edge hearing technologies.


    Loyola Medicine is recognized for its expert, clinically integrated team for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. With extensive experience in managing all aspects of ear, nose and throat conditions, they are committed to upholding their team’s mission of providing the best clinical care, education, and research.


    Loyola’s ENT doctors treat children and adults with a wide range of conditions and diseases of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx, mouth, throat, neck and face. Loyola’s otolaryngologists are trained in both medicine and surgery, and many subspecialize in a particular area.


    Their expert otolaryngologists provide advanced treatment for the following conditions:


    Balance disorders
    Cancer of the sinuses
    Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks
    Childhood sleep apnea
    Cleft lip and palate
    Congenital inner and outer ear disorders
    Cranial nerve disorders
    Deviated septum
    Ear infections
    Facial deformities
    Facial nerve disorders
    Facial paralysis
    Facial trauma
    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    Head and neck injuries
    Hearing loss
    Loss of smell
    Meniere’s disease
    Nasal obstruction
    Nerve pain
    Nerve pathway disorders
    Otitis media
    Parathyroid nodules and tumors
    Pituitary tumors
    Sleep disorders
    Smell disorders
    Swallowing disorders
    Swimmers ear
    Thyroid nodules and tumors
    Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
    Tonsil and adenoid disease
    Tracheal stenosis
    Tumors of the head and neck
    Vestibular schwannoma
    Voice disorders


    Loyola offers a range of diagnostic tools to evaluate and diagnose conditions, including:


    Balance testing 
    Bone scan
    CT scan (computed tomography)
    Fine-needle biopsy
    Hearing testing
    MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
    PET scan (positron emission tomography)


    Loyola offers many minimally invasive treatment options and has a reputation for achieving excellent results in endoscopic sinus surgery. Other surgical treatments performed include:


    Cochlear implants
    Cranial base surgery
    Facial reconstruction
    Implantation of hearing aids
    Nasal surgery
    Skull base surgery
    Tumor removal


    Source: Loyola Medicine
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