Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cochlear Implants

A Cochlear Implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing. An implant does not restore normal hearing. Instead, it can give a deaf person a useful representation of sounds in the environment and help him or her to understand speech.

Cochlear implant is different from hearing aid. While hearing aid amplify sounds so that it can be detected by the damaged ear, cochlear implant will stimulate the auditory nerve. Adults and children with severely hard-of-hearing condition or deaf can be fitted with Cochlear Implants. It is believed that people who lost their hearing in the later part of their lives benefit most of this because they can associate the signals with the sounds they remember.

The same with other implants, this is a case to case basis. Consult your doctor in order to determine if Cochlear Implant Surgery is the best for you.

1 comment:

Ashley Ladd said...

I've had one cochlear implant surgery on my left ear. It worked only marginally. My ENT wanted to perform the BAHA surgery after but my insurance company denied it. Most cochlear implants won't work my type of hearing loss. Most of the bones of my ear were surgically removed because of a tumor. :(

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