Cochlear Implant Team
PENTA’s renowned cochlear implant team truly cares about the well-being of our patients and their families and is dedicated to the long-term success of the children we implant. Our pediatric otolaryngologists have trained at some of the country’s leading medical institutions, such as The Washington University School of Medicine, The University of Michigan, and The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School. They have completed over two hundred cochlear implant surgeries.
All team members are experienced and well qualified to provide comprehensive services required for the evaluation, surgical implantation, and post-surgical follow up necessary for a child’s successful use of a cochlear implant. Most importantly, you will find the PENTA team is caring and dedicated to helping our children and families succeed.
Meet our Cochlear Implant Surgeons:
- Erik Bauer, M.D.
- Matthew Whitley, M.D.
- Paula Harmon, M.D. (Medical Director of Hearing Loss at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta)
- Geoffrey Aaron, M.D.
- Lori Guillot, M.D.
In providing your child with the best choice in cochlear implantation, we work collaboratively with all of the cochlear implant device manufacturers giving you a choice in the device your child receives.
All of our cochlear implant procedures are completed at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which is one of the top-rated pediatric hospitals in the country. At Children’s you will receive the finest care from pediatric trained healthcare providers. The pediatric anesthesiologists at Children’s have received additional specialized training and experience providing the safest care for your child.
Following surgery, your child’s recovery and comfort is of the highest priority. Our surgeons are trained in the latest surgical techniques and use a *minimal incision approach. This approach has been a well-accepted practice in pediatric cochlear implantation since 2004 and has largely replaced the older, larger and more invasive scalp incision. The benefits of the minimal incision approach are:
- Shorter length of surgery with less time under anesthesia
- Smaller scar
- Reduced risk of complications
- Minimal hair removal
- Quicker recovery time, which means your child’s first day of hearing with his or her cochlear implant will occur approximately two weeks sooner than if using the older scalp incision.
An important part of cochlear implantation is the PENTA audiology team which works closely with the cochlear implant surgeon. This pediatric audiology team, led by Kelley Dwyer, Au.D., Director of Audiology, has provided cochlear implant programming services to hundreds of children throughout Georgia and the southeast. Auditory verbal therapists and psychologists are also valuable members of the cochlear implant team.
- Kelley Dwyer, Au.D., F-AAA, Director of Audiology
- Lauren Stott, Au.D., F-AAA, Senior Audiologist
- Jennie Allen, Au.D., F-AAA, Pediatric Audiologist
Our offices staff multiple implant surgeons and audiologists that can provide for cross-coverage in the event your surgeon or audiologist is out of the office. We also offer extended hours to accommodate the needs of busy families.
Call 404.255-2033 to schedule your child’s initial cochlear implant consultation. If you would like to speak with one of the audiologists, please call 404-591-1884.
*Ray J, Gibson W, Sanli H. Cochlear Implants Int. 2004 Sep;5(3):87-95. Surgical complications of 844 consecutive cochlear implantations and observations on large versus small incisions. Takeda H, Watson SD, Backous DD. Cochlear Implants Int. 2004 Sep;5 Suppl 1:72-3. Minimal incision for cochlear implantation in adults and children: postoperative results.