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Auditory Brainstem Implants

The auditory brainstem implant (ABI) is designed to provide sound to individuals deafened by bilateral auditory nerve tumors (neurofibromatosis type II). The ABI is a surgically implanted device that bypasses the damaged auditory nerve by providing electrical stimulation to the cochlear nucleus of the brainstem.

To be considered a candidate for the auditory brainstem implant, an individual must:

  • Be diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type II.
  • Be at least twelve years of age.
  • Have the ABI placed during tumor removal surgery.
  • Have appropriate expectations and be prepared to participate in a follow-up program.

Cochlear Corporation's website: www.cochlearamericas.com
Acoustic Neuroma Association Website: www.anausa.org