The physicians at Shohet Ear Associates have years of expertise in developing and using minimally invasive techniques for ear surgery. We use the most advanced endoscopic equipment and have been performing these procedures since the 1990s--longer than anyone in Orange County. Many of these are performed in an outpatient setting. Because incisions are smaller, there is less discomfort, patients experience a quicker recovery and in the cases of implantable hearing technologies, a quicker activation of the device. Some procedures do not even require incisions. Procedures include:
Minimally Invasive Cochlear Implants – During the surgery, our physicians use a keyhole incision that is only the width of the actual device. This allows quicker healing times and earlier activation of the cochlear implant. Click here to watch a video of the surgery. Please note that the video includes graphic footage.
Hybrid Cochlear Implant – Hybrid Cochlear Implant - A new FDA-approved device has recently come onto the market and brings together the best of two different technologies to preserve and enhance low-frequency hearing while restoring access to high-frequency hearing. The Cochlear ™ Nucleus® Hybrid Implant System is the first and only solution to incorporate hybrid hearing to help people hear again. It is composed of a hearing aid portion to address the lower frequencies and a cochlear implant to address the higher frequencies of hearing. For people with mild to moderate hearing loss in the low frequencies, hearing aids offer acoustic amplification to send sounds through the normal hearing pathway. The cochlear implant component of the hybrid device addresses severe to profound hearing loss or deafness and bypasses the cause of hearing loss to send electronic sound signals directly to the brain. When combined, these signals allow a full spectrum of sound.
The Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid is an implanted device that amplifies low-pitched sounds by sending them down the normal pathway of hearing. At the same time, the device’s sound processor converts high-frequency sounds to digital signals and sends them to the hearing implant. These signals combine with the amplified low-pitched sounds and turn into the full spectrum of sound that the wearer hears. The Cochlear Nucleus Hybrid is implanted during a simple outpatient procedure. Our practice was among the first in California to offer this innovative technology, which greatly enhances speech recognition, sound quality, and quality of life.
Surfer’s Ear surgery - Our surgeons employ a minimally invasive technique for surfer's ear (exostoses) surgery which is done completely through the ear canal without any visible incisions and therefore no scarring. Patients enjoy a quicker recovery and are back in the water sooner than with traditional exostoses surgery. Click here to see a video of the surgery.
Endoscopic ear surgery – Our physicians have been treating chronic ear conditions through the ear canal using endoscopic techniques for many years. Conditions that may be treated endoscopically include cholesteatomas, middle ear and lateral skull base surgery.
Middle ear exploration – Middle ear conditions that require a more precise diagnosis can be evaluated in an office setting using minimally invasive techniques. Conditions include unexplained conductive hearing loss and sudden hearing loss.
Financing Now Available
Shohet Ear Associates is now offering flexible financing options for cash patients or those who want to schedule procedures or purchase hearing aids that are not covered by their insurance. American Healthcare Lending offers loan amounts ranging from $1,000-$100,000 with low fixed rates starting at 7.00% APR and terms up to 60 months. American Healthcare Lending is patient-friendly and the application process is simple. Patients can receive pre-approval without affecting their credit and Instant decisions are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients can review their rate, payment and terms before accepting the loan offer. There is no pre-payment penalty. To apply or for more information, click below: