Designed for patients with moderate to profound hearing loss for which hearing aids are no longer providing adequate speech understanding. With moderate to profound hearing loss, the tiny hair cells in the inner ear do not transmit information properly to the auditory nerve and brain, making it difficult to understand speech. The cochlear implant is designed to skip over this damaged portion of the system and stimulate the auditory nerve directly and with auditory training, can improve speech understanding ability
There are two components:
Learning to understand speech with a cochlear implant is a process, similar to learning a new language. It is not an immediate, overnight improvement. The user has to be dedicated to learning and practicing in order to ensure success!
- Designed for those with single-sided deafness or conductive hearing loss for which other surgery is not an option
- Is a titanium implant behind the ear with an attached processor that picks up sound and transmit the sound through bone conduction to the inner ear
- Is a minimally invasive surgery with operating time usually less than 30 minutes