Ear, Nose + Throat (ENT) - Head + Neck Surgery

Cochlear Implant Center


New hope for patients with severe or profound hearing loss

Struggling to hear what family and friends are saying to you, despite hearing aids or even surgery? We may be able to help. As experts in cochlear implants, the Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) at Tufts Medical Center has years of experience surgically implanting the small electronic devices.

 Located at a major academic medical center in downtown Boston, we are also involved in cutting-edge research to expand the capabilities of cochlear implants and bring their benefits to an even wider group of patients. If you have experienced a severe or profound loss of hearing, cochlear implants could be the right choice for you.

Getting started

The first step is to call for a consultation – we can get you in for an appointment within two weeks. You will meet with our director, Dr. Jonathan Sillman, a neurotologist with two decades of experience in the field at Tufts MC and other top medical institutions. Our team of otologists and audiologists will run a series of tests to determine exactly what is causing your hearing loss and whether cochlear implants will be able to help. (The hearing devices are most helpful when the problem involves damage or a defect in the inner ear.

Operation and recovery

Our team surgically implants the devices, which then stimulate the auditory nerve to send information to your brain. The operation generally takes 1 ½ to two hours, during which you will be asleep under general anesthesia. After a four to six week recovery period, the transmitter headpiece and speech processor will be hooked up. 

We will support you throughout your journey, with frequent follow-up visits and training to ensure that you reap the maximum possible benefit from the electronic implants. And our team is committed to ensuring all your questions and concerns are answered, from the initial consultation to recovery at home, whether via email or the phone.

Contact Us: 617-636-5300 voice or 617-636-7200 TTY

Doctors + Care Team

Jonathon S. Sillman, MD, FACS
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Jonathon S. Sillman, MD, FACS

Title(s): Otolaryngologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8724
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Hearing loss, balance disorders, facial nerve disorders, skull base tumors, ear infections, cochlear implants

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