About CARE Hospitals

With 14 hospitals spread across 6 cities, CARE Hospitals is a regional leader in tertiary care. It is ranked among the top 5 pan-Indian hospital chains and is driven by the core principle ‘to provide care that people trust’ through cost-effective medical care in more than 30 specialties.

What are Cochlear Implants?

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is used to restore partial hearing in an individual with severe to profound hearing loss that can’t be managed using conventional hearing aids. The device is surgically implanted in the patient’s inner ear and operated by a device worn outside the ear. These implants convert acoustic sounds into electrical pulses that cause direct stimulation in the auditory nerve. Unlike hearing aids which work by amplifying the sound, cochlear implants work by compensating for damaged cochlea.

How Does a Cochlear Implant Help?

The effectiveness of a cochlear implant varies from person to person. Usually, the implant would help a patient perceive different sounds such as telephone ringing, footsteps, etc. It also helps the patients in:

  • Watching TV
  • Understanding speech without lip-reading
  • Hearing music
  • Understanding voices over the phone

Who is the Right Candidate for Cochlear Implant?

A speech determination test using hearing aids will determine whether you are the right candidate for the implant. A hearing test is conducted to evaluate your hearing level. Your ear’s anatomy will also be examined by a cochlear implant surgeon via a CT scan or MRI scan of the inner ear. This is done to ensure that the device is safe to be implanted in your ear. An audiologist, who specializes in hearing loss, is also consulted for more in-depth evaluation of hearing ability.

What to Expect from the Surgery?

Cochlear implant surgery lasts 2-4 hours under general anesthesia. Under the procedure, an incision is made behind the ear by a surgeon to open the mastoid bone. Next, the surgeon would make a small cut in the cochlea where the implanted electrode is inserted. The other device called receiver is placed behind the ear, under the skin. All the incisions are closed finally.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Cochlear implants cannot help all patients with hearing impairment. Consult the expert doctors at CARE Hospitals to ascertain if you are a good candidate for cochlear implant surgery.
  • Cochlear implants do not cure hearing impairment or restore hearing. They help bypass any damage to the inner ear by helping it perceive the sensation of sound.
  • Children who are deemed good candidates may have this surgery when they are about 1 year old. In fact, it is recommended that children get their implants early to help them with exposure to sound during the language acquisition phase.
  • The surgery is followed by appointments with the doctors to fine-tune and adjust the implants. The doctors at CARE Hospitals will help you get adjusted to the newly implanted devices and help with auditory training if you are completely unused to sounds.
  • Cochlear implants require regular care and maintenance. The processor on the outside needs to be cleaned regularly and the spare parts must be replaced when necessary. The expert team of ENT specialists and surgeons at CARE Hospitals will guide you with effective and proper maintenance of your implants.

Why CARE Hospitals?

CARE Hospitals is recognized as the most advanced, all-round health care center in the country, powered by cross-functional teams comprising of surgeons, critical care, ENT specialists, audiologists and emergency medicine specialists. The founding team of CARE Hospitals comprises of medical innovators and pioneers who are passionately driven to make healthcare affordable for all while ensuring clinical outcomes are at par with international standards.

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