Ask Dr. Ruffin Anything About Hearing Loss & Cochlear Implants

Aug 18, 2022 4:30 PM


5:30 pm


Ask Dr. Ruffin Anything

Dr. Chad Ruffin

ENT Doc and CI Surgeon

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Ask Dr. Ruffin Anything About Hearing Loss & Cochlear Implants


Anything from the science and treatment of hearing loss:

  • What are cochlear implants? When should I get a cochlear implant evaluation?
  • I want to be successful in a professional career. How can I navigate my hearing loss to be achieve my goals?
  • How Dr. Ruffin manages his own hearing loss on the day to day?


Dr. Ruffin is a cochlear implant surgeon and hearing loss scientist. He is the first person born deaf to become a surgeon with cochlear implants. His scientific knowledge includes how the ear encodes sound and how the brain is changed by hearing loss. He has created a speech processing strategy for cochlear implants and other hearing tech.

Aiding and restoring hearing and/or providing sign language are only the first steps to improving lives. Hearing loss affects communication as well as mental and physical health. We are committed to helping people better understand their hearing loss so that they can achieve their dreams.


Meeting platform is via Zoom with speech to text autocaptions. This is an informal online gathering. Participants are welcome to raise their hand at any time to request repeats or chat in the chat box.


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From the desk of Dr. Ruffin

Hear better when you preserve remaining hearing with cochlear implantation

June 13, 2022

It is no longer true that cochlear implants destroy residual hearing. Soft surgery results in atraumatic electrode insertion. This can preserve residual hearing. This hearing is useful whether the hearing is "usable" or not. Preserved hearing means less scar inside the cochlea so the cochlear implant can work better. If you have usable hearing, you may wear a cochlear implant and a hearing aid in the same ear. Atraumatic insertion also improves balance outcome. With less scar inside the cochlea, you may be able to adopt new and upcoming technologies for improved hearing.

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Patient Reviews of Chad Ruffin, MD

Dr. Ruffin is committed to providing every patient with outstanding care. Hear what patients of Dr. Ruffin have to say about their experience with him.

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Dr. Ruffin was the first person in over 10 years to actually take the time to really listen to me. He took the time to figure out what’s actually going on without chalking it up to something simple and sending me on my way.

Liz H.

I really appreciated Chad's honesty with options, having surgery being a last result and most of all explaining everything in layman's terms. I couldn't be happier with my experience and really appreciate him getting to the bottom of my ear issue and making it feel better than it ever has!

Mathew M.

Dr. Ruffin was incredibly knowledgeable, thorough and compassionate. He took the time to fully understand the issues and was able to provide immediate relief. Nothing short of a miracle here. Furthermore, the entire team was very kind and professional. One of the best medical experiences I have had!

Brian F.
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