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Callier Center for Communication Disorders

Cochlear Implant

The ability to hear is a gift most of us take for granted.  At the nationally recognized UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders, our cochlear implant program specializes in making it possible for deaf children to enter a hearing world.

Cochlear implants are surgically implanted devices designed for people with severe to profound hearing loss who receive little benefit from hearing aids. Thousands of adults and children around the world have benefitted from these bionic devices.  

Our outstanding staff is extensively trained and very knowledgeable in providing candidacy information, evaluations, and follow-up services after surgery for pediatric cochlear implant recipients.

The Callier Center is a member of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program (DCIP) which is a collaboration between The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

Howard's Story

Howard Palmer has cochlear implants as a result of profound hearing loss in both ears. Mandy and Jaime Palmer, Howard’s parents, discovered his hearing loss when he failed the newborn hearing screening in his left ear. The Palmers were referred to the Callier Center, where Howard receives a continuum of care including audiology services through the Cochlear Implant Program, speech-language therapy, and deaf education in the Callier Child Development Program.

Howard has made progress in all areas of development. He is able to communicate better with his teachers and his peers, and he is able to express his emotions appropriately.

“I don’t know that there is a better place for us and for Howard than Callier. It was the best decision we ever made.”
– Jaime Palmer, Howard’s father

Cochlear Implant Patient Interview

Michael Noble, the first child in North Texas to receive a cochlear implant, returned to Callier to share his memories and stories of his success.