Cochlear Implants and Related Research

The CNI Rocky Mountain Cochlear Implant Center is the region’s largest, most experienced and most comprehensive cochlear implant program. The Center’s goal is to improve sound detection and communication ability for both children and adults who suffer from moderate to profound hearing loss. The professionals at the Center realize use of this technology is one option available to patients, and is a choice made by each individual patient. The Center’s team approach assures that each patient’s care is thorough and comprehensive; from initial evaluation to rehabilitation.

The Center officially opened as a program of the Colorado Neurological Institute in 1995, but most team members came to the Center from the Denver Ear Institute, a non-profit cochlear implant center that had been in existence since the 1970’s. The Denver Ear Institute closed due to financial hardship, but was instrumental in establishing the basis for a strong team of committed professionals.

A Leading Role in Research for Cochlear Implants

Under the leadership of Medical Director David C. Kelsall, M.D., the Rocky Mountain Cochlear Implant Center offers cutting-edge technology and is a major research facility for the development of current cochlear implant devices. The Center played a pivotal role in clinical trials leading to the FDA approval of the current devices on the market.

The field of cochlear implants is very dynamic in that there is constant effort to improve the technology. The advantage of this has been that our patients are assured of receiving the most up-to-date technology. Our commitment to research is strong, and this will continue well into the future.

Recently completed projects

  • Preservation of Hearing with Cochlear Implants
  • FDA Clinical Trial of Nucleus Hybrid Cochlear Implant


Current projects

  • Percutaneous Cochlear Implant
  • Hybrid Cochlear Implants
  • Remote programming of Cochlear Implants

    Learn more about our research

    CNI Center for Hearing
    Colorado Neurological Institute