Frequently Asked Questions

Born with severe hearing loss, Dr. Ruffin is an ENT Doctor, Cochlear Implant Surgeon and advocate for adults and kids. In addition to working one-on-one with patients at his clinic in Seattle, Dr. Ruffin & his team perform innovative research and advocacy for the hard of hearing community.

Dr. Chad Ruffin

ENT Doc and CI Surgeon

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Does tinnitus go away

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Which cochlear implant brand should I get?

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How long is the incision or cochlear implant scar?

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Getting back to work after cochlear implant surgery

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When does the robotic sound of a cochlear implant go away?

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Is one brand of cochlear implant manufacturers better than others?

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What do cochlear implants sound like?

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Why is hearing preservation cochlear implant surgery important?

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Does Dr. Ruffin use a postoperative X-Ray?

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What does cochlear implant surgery involve?

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Am I too old for a cochlear implant?

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I am deaf and sign. Will I lose or reject my deaf identity if I get a cochlear implant?

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Can Dr. Ruffin do my surgery if I don't live in Seattle?

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How much do cochlear implants cost?

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What happens after implantation?

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What are potential complications from cochlear implant surgery?

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Will I lose my residual hearing after cochlear implant surgery?

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How do I get a cochlear implant?

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Why shouldn't I wait for better cochlear implant technology?

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Who can get a cochlear implant?

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Why do I need a hearing test?

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