How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?
Cochlear implants are designed for people with
severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss. With this type of hearing loss,
the hair cells in the inner ear are damaged, and can’t detect sounds properly.
A cochlear implant bypasses these damaged hair cells and sends electric signals
directly to the brain, where they are interpreted as sound.
A cochlear implant system has two main components. The
externally worn audio processor detects sounds and sends them to the internal
implant, which is placed just under the skin behind the ear.
Was your child born profoundly deaf? Do you have hearing
loss, but find your hearing aids aren’t helping anymore? Can you only hear in
If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then a
cochlear implant may help you, or your child, to hear better in everyday life.
Getting a cochlear implant is a big decision, but it can be life-changing. Why?
Because the benefits go beyond simply better hearing.
A Lifetime of Hearing
Getting a cochlear implant is a big decision. Your implant
will be with you for many years to come, so it’s important to think about the
impact your implant will have, both now and in the future.
The process of receiving a cochlear implant
First, you’ll undergo routine assessments to ensure you’re a
candidate for a cochlear implant, and if there are any additional factors your
cochlear implant team should consider. Your clinical team will walk you and
your family through the specifics of what to expect in the following steps.
To implant a CI, the surgical procedure is straightforward
and usually lasts between 1–2 hours under either general anesthesia. Recipients
are usually back on their feet the next day. Your hospital stay may last one or
more days, depending on your individual needs and what’s typical in your area.
About four weeks after implantation, you’ll have your first
fitting. This “activation day” is when your audiologist will turn on your audio
processor for the first time and you’ll hear your first new sounds. The audio
settings of your processor will be adjusted to fit your hearing preferences.
After activation, it’s important to follow up with a rehabilitation
programme so that you can adapt to hearing through your cochlear implant.
Rehabilitation is essential to make the most of your implant. It can be done
together with speech-language professionals and at-home listening exercises.
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Author: Assoc. Prof. Yavuz Selim Yildirim
September 2019 at 14:55 UTC
Last Updated: 27 September 2019 at 12:20 UTC
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