A cochlear implant is an electronic device that aids in hearing. It is placed inside the ear called the cochlea (a spinal-shaped bone on the inner side of the ear) and convert sound into electrical impulses, which are interpreted by the brain. It replaces the cochlea’s function.
A cochlear implant is beneficial for patients with severe hearing loss. However, the device isn’t suited for everyone and there are many complications if it’s not used properly. Using a cochlear implant successfully needs quite a lot of therapy and training. CARE Hospitals offers cochlear implant surgery in Hyderabad with high success rates.
What is a Cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is a tiny electronic device that helps in the improvement of hearing loss in both adults and children. This device consists of external and internal components and it works through the electrical stimulation of the cochlear nerve. The external component has a microphone which is located behind the ear. The internal portion is under the skin and behind the ear. Here the digital signal is converted to electrical impulses. Further, these impulses stimulate the cochlear nerve which is forwarded to the brain.
When is a cochlear implant recommended?
A cochlear implant is recommended in the following situations:
People suffering from complete hearing loss.
Hearing aids are not able to fulfill the hearing needs
If there is a loss of hearing disturbing the communication.
After the examination, an ENT specialist will determine if the device is perfect for you or not.
Types of hearing loss:
There are three types of hearing loss. They are:
When will the implant not work?
Sometimes the doctors cannot restore the hearing if there is conductive hearing loss due to the reasons like:
the ear canal is abnormally narrow
thickening of the bone which surrounds the ear canal
abnormal bone growth in the middle ear
abnormal separation of the middle ear bones
usage of traditional hearing aids
What are the advantages of the cochlear implant?
If there is severe hearing loss, getting a cochlear implant surgery will be perfect and also improve the quality of life. Some of the benefits of this device include:
will be able to perceive loud, medium, and soft sounds
Hear the footsteps without any problem
Can have and comprehend speech
Can hear clearly over the phone
Can hear music
Cochlear implant surgery procedure:
Surgery is done by giving local anesthesia. The surgeon will make the incision behind the ear after the indentation is done. The surgeon will then make a hole in the cochlea and insert the electrodes. The next step they do is to insert the receiver behind the ear. This further is secured to the skull and the incision is stitched.
Once the completion of the surgery, you will be transferred to the recovery room to monitor if there are any side effects. You will be either discharged in a few hours or the next day. The surgeon will add the external part. After the addition of the external part then the internal parts will be activated.
You will be instructed on the necessary precautions to take care of the incision. Regular checkups are important so that the doctors can check the progress of healing.
What are the risks associated with cochlear implants?
Some of the risk factors that patients can experience in rare cases include:
There could be some bleeding.
There might be swelling.
Sometimes you will experience ringing in the ear.
There can be an infection in the area.
There could be a change of taste.
There can be a chance of facial paralysis.
While swimming or taking a bath you have to remove the external component.
Needs rehabilitation to learn the working of implants.
Need to recharge the batteries regularly.
There can be a chance of damage to the implant during sports activity.
At CARE Hospitals, doctors come with a vast experience and understanding of cochlear implants to ensure you are given the right treatment and perform successful Cochlear implant surgery in Hyderabad or any of our other facilities. Our world-class infrastructure and use of advanced technology make it easier for us to conduct even the most complex procedure easily. If you want to learn more about cochlear implants, visit us today!
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