How Cochlear Implants Work
Cochlear implants are designed to mimic the function of a healthy inner ear (or cochlea). They replace the function of damaged sensory hair cells inside the inner ear to help provide clearer sound than what hearing aids can provide.
A cochlear implant system has two parts:
- The external sound processor
- The implant that is surgically placed under the skin and attached to an electrode array that is placed in the inner ear.
Together, these parts bypass the part of the ear that isn’t working, sending sound straight to the hearing nerve.
Are Cochlear Implants Right For You?
Cochlear implants are approved for children with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.
- Children 12 – 24 months: Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and limited benefit from hearing aids in both ears.
- Children 2 – 17 years: Severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears with limited benefit from hearing aids. To qualify, speech scores while using hearing aids need to be less than 30% correct.
Cochlear implants are approved for adults with moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears who are not receiving enough benefit when using hearing aids. For some people, using hearing aids with a moderate to profound hearing loss can be like listening to a loud, badly tuned radio. It may be loud enough to hear parts of what is being said, but the words are not clear. Cochlear implants are designed to provide clearer sound and help you understand what is being said.
Benefits Of Cochlear Implants
- Better sound clarity
- Better understanding of speech
- Auditory awareness of sounds at levels within the normal range of hearing
- Improved hearing in noise
- More employment opportunities
- Educational outcomes with the potential to attend a mainstream school
- Improved quality of life by reducing anxiety and improved overall health
Contact our office to schedule a cochlear implant candidacy evaluation to determine if cochlear implants are right for you.
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