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What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant is a hearing device that can help individuals with profound or severe hearing loss regain the ability to hear. There are two parts to a cochlear implant: a piece that sits behind the ear and looks similar to a hearing aid and a piece that is surgically implanted under the skin. Traditional hearing aids have advanced considerably in the last few years, but they aren’t the right choice for every type of hearing loss. A small percent of people with significant hearing loss may benefit from a cochlear implant. Cochlear implants bypass the damaged portion of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve, which sends signals directly to the brain. This is an entirely different experience of hearing and takes time to become accustomed to. However, it is a great option to regain hearing for those who would not find benefit from use of a hearing aid. 

Who may benefit from a cochlear implant?

Less than 6 percent of people in America who could benefit from a cochlear implant actually have one. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) as of 2012, more than 324,000 people worldwide have received implants. In the United States, roughly 58,000 devices have implanted in adults and 38,000 in children. Cochlear implants may benefit adults and children who have significant hearing loss or are deaf.

People who lose their hearing as an adult often do well with cochlear implants because they can relate the signal provided by an implant to sounds they remember. With therapy, these adults are often able to understand speech again. Even very young children who experienced significant hearing loss before they acquired language skills are able to learn how to understand and respond to speech after receiving an implant and intensive therapy.

People who lose their hearing as an adult often do well with cochlear implants because they can relate the signal provided by an implant to sounds they remember. With aural therapy, these adults are often able to understand speech again. Even very young children who experienced significant hearing loss before they acquired language skills are able to learn how to understand and respond to speech after receiving an implant and intensive therapy.

The FDA has a series of requirements to determine who is a good candidate. To find out if cochlear implants are right for you, give us a call and set up your hearing test.

How does the cochlear implant process work?

A cochlear implant requires an outpatient surgery. The surgery itself is usually performed in about 2 hours and you typically go home the same day. About 1 month following the surgery, an external device is “activated’ and the process of “hearing” begins! Contact our office today to determine if you are a good candidate for this option.

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