A cochlear implant is an electronic device that can restore hearing for patients with extreme hearing loss. It can restore hearing in hearing impaired people where hearing aids are not an option.
How is Cochlear Implant done?
Surgeon will make an incision behind the ear, and form a small hole in the portion of skull bone where the internal device rests. The electrode of the cochlear implant is threaded into the cochlea in the inner ear after creating a small opening in the skull. The skin incision is stitched so that the internal device is implanted under the skin.
Who needs a Cochlear Implant?
Cochlear Implant is an electronic device that stimulates the cochlear nerve. They can restore hearing in people with severe hearing loss due to inner ear damage (sensori- neural hearing) They by-pass the damaged part of the ear and directly stimulate the cochlear nerve. Cochlear implants may be placed in one ear or both ears. Cochlear implants in both ears have started to be used more often to treat bilateral severe hearing loss —particularly for infants and children who are learning to speak and process language.
Adults and children who are as young as six to 12 months old can benefit from cochlear implants.