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Cochlear implant surgery is a procedure done to implant the hearing device in people with hearing disability. This surgical procedure is also known as mastoidectomy with facial recess approach.

The cochlear implant device is very useful for people with hearing problems, allowing them to lead a normal life yet again. The noteworthy thing here is that this implanted device is not similar to a hearing aid and functions in a different way. To elaborate, a surgical procedure is undertaken to implant the first part of the device in the bone surrounding the temporal bone (ear). The second part meanwhile is completely an outside device( it is not implanted) made up of an antenna, receiver and also a speech processor.

Cochlear implants are for

  • People suffering from a hearing disability in one year
  • People suffering from a hearing disability in both their ears
  • People suffering from mixed hearing problems
  • People for whom the use of hearing aids have not been too beneficial

Post cochlear implant

People implanted with hearing devices should undergo a rehabilitation period for some time, this rehabilitation can be imparted at the hospital or some rehabilitation centers. The important thing to keep note of is that hearing through cochlear implants is very different from normal hearing, thus the patient needs to get used to it first.

What is a cochlear implant ?

The cochlear implant device is very useful for the people who have hearing problems. This electronic device is not similar to a hearing aid as it is placed through a surgery and functions in a different way. The cochlear implant (deaf aid) is made up of some similar parts. The surgical procedure is performed to implant the first part of the device in the bone surrounding the temporal bone (ear). The first part is made up of a receiver stimulator that first accepts, then decodes and finally sends an electric signal to the brain.

While the second part is totally an outside device. It is made of an antenna, receiver or microphone and a speech processor. The first step is to receive the sound, followed by converting the sound into an electrical signal and finally sending the sound to the inside part of the device.

Who should consider Cochlear Implants ?
The people who are hard of hearing or deaf that includes both adults and children. Intensive postimplantation therapy combines with cochlear implants enables younger children to acquire the language, social skills and speech. The age group of children is between 2-6 years and an early implantation are very helpful for the children for learning language and speech skills.

Candidates having a strong desire to become a part of the hearing world and wants to communicate through speaking, speech reading and listening.

  • Candidates having a major hearing loss in both the ears
  • Candidates who do not have any other medical problem
  • Candidates who had limited benefit from the use of hearing aids

Cochlear Implant Procedure

  • The surgical procedure starts with a careful evaluation by ENT surgeon, anesthetist, audiologist and physician. A little incision in made at the back of the ear and then the surgeon implant the receiver. The receiver is then connected to electrodes that are surgically inserted inside the cochlea. The surgery usually takes 1-2 hours to complete.
  • Benefits of Cochlear Implants
  • People enjoy the music
  • Develop more confidence in different social situations
  • People speak at normal hearing level
  • People start talking on the phone
  • Language and speech have developed at the right age
  • Communicate better with teachers, family and friends
  • Hears clearly in noisy environments
  • Starts enjoying the world of new sounds
  • Can figure out the direction of the sound from approaching vehicles
  • The success rate of cochlear implants is higher at younger ages.

Post Cochlear Implant

Rehabilitation is essential for those who have undergone cochlear implants and can be imparted at their hospital and auditory rehabilitation centers. The patient needs to know learning and relearning techniques. Hearing through cochlear implant is very different from normal hearing or hearing through hearing aids. While hearing aids amplify sounds to be heard by damaged ears, the cochlear implants directly stimulate the auditory nerve. The auditory nerve then sends signals to brain which recognizes them as sounds. Over time, the patients learns to hear and enjoy conversations, environmental sounds and music.