The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery


Cochlear Implants

Cochlear implants are indicated for patients with sensorineural hearing loss that receive little to no benefit from conventional air conduction hearing aids. Sensorineural hearing loss originates in the cochlea (inner ear) or auditory nerve. Most cases of sensorineural hearing loss result from damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. Cochlear implants bypass the damaged hair cells in the inner ear by stimulating the auditory nerve directly. Conversely, conventional hearing aids just amplify the sound and pass it through the entire auditory system, including the damaged parts.

Educational Curriculum

Our rigorous academic mission includes lecture and case-based conferences, dissection courses, journal club, and service specific educational opportunities.

Grand Rounds Schedule

Grand Rounds are held the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00 - 8:15 am in the Arizona Cancer Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave, Room 2920, except where otherwise noted.

Previous Grand Rounds

June 4, 2014: Michael Bays, DO, Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System, Tucson, Arizona, "Integrative Medicine in Otolaryngology"

May 7, 2014: Erynne Faucett, MD, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Resident, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, "Surgical Education in Otolaryngology"

April 2, 2014: Robert Cravens, MD, Tucson ENT Associates, PC, Tucson, Arizona, "Well Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma Management: Science & Art"

February 5, 2014: Martin Black, MD, FRCSC, Chairman Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology Program, McGill University , Montreal, Quebec, Canada, "A Potpourri of Head & Neck Surgery...40 years Later"

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