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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.
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:
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.
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.
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