Our Cochlear Implant Program
When Hearing Aids Are not effective
Cochlear implants are an alternative option for our patients that have extensive hearing damage, which hearing aids can’t resolve.
Mountain Audiology offers candidacy evaluations for adult patients interested in cochlear implants as an alternative treatment option for their hearing loss.
We also provide post-implant follow-up care for patients who have already received their implant.
The cochlear implant team at this practice is lead by Dr. Alex Snyder, AuD, Dr. Erika Hendrickson, AuD, and Emma Maxwell, MA. In the past, cochlear implant care and services were usually limited to large hospitals in major metropolitan areas. We are pleased to be able to bring this care and service to the far western parts of rural North Carolina.
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Surgery options close to home
Dr. Seth Rosenberg, our neighbor Western Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, provides medical candidacy evaluations and performs cochlear implant and other ear surgeries locally at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Meet Dr. Seth Rosenberg, M.D., FACS
A native of Poughkeepsie, New York, Dr. Rosenberg completed a BS in chemistry, cum laude, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute prior to obtaining his MD at State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. His surgical and otolaryngology residencies were also served at SUNY.
Following the completion of his internship and residency, Dr. Rosenberg spent one year of specialized study in otology and neurotology at the Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota, Florida. There he was involved in one of the first cochlear implants in Florida, and helped develop the use of LASERS for stapes surgery. Upon graduating the Fellowship, he was asked to join the staff of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, as an Assistant Professor. During this time, he quickly developed new surgical techniques and a national level practice in ear and skull base surgery. He brought this technique to Sarasota in 1991. He then went on to develop ways to use endoscopes for minimally invasive ear surgery.
Since 1991, Dr. Rosenberg has collaborated with Dr. Silverstein in many productive research endeavors. He serves as Vice President and Education Director for the Ear Research Foundation, and has co-authored over 70 scientific publications. He is still a clinical assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a clinical assistant professor at USF Medical School, Division of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Rosenberg brought his expertise in ear and sinus surgery to western North Carolina in 2015 when he to joined Western Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists to practice ear surgery at Haywood Regional Medical Center. His special interests include surgical hearing restoration, cochlear Implants, stapes surgery, and chronic ear disease.
Visit their site to learn more or schedule a cochlear implant medical consultation with Dr. Rosenberg, M.D.