The Cochlear Implant is a device which when implanted into the inner ear, provides useful hearing to those with total or severe to profound sensory (inner ear) hearing loss.
It is not an ordinary hearing aid, but an electronic device that bypasses the damaged parts of the inner ear to stimulate the remaining auditory nerve fibres. Part of the cochlear implant is implanted under the skin in a surgical procedure.
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A cochlear implant may be considered for the following:
The outcome varies with each individual and is influenced by:
The implant has to be programmed by the audiologist before it can work. Programming of the implant will be carried out 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, after which the implant needs to be programmed periodically to maximise the speech sounds that can be heard by the individual.
A period of (re)habilitation is also required, especially in children, to gain the maximum benefits from listening through the implant. Implanted children will be enrolled in therapy sessions in Listen and Talk Programme, where the Auditory-Verbal approach is adopted to help children develop speech and language.
A Cochlear Implant may not be the right choice for everyone. An evaluation by an experienced cochlear implant team will help you to decide.
No Cochlear Implant is able to restore normal hearing completely. However, with the Cochlear Implant, adults can look forward to hearing sounds that may help them to carry on a conversation and participate in everyday life.
The outcome in children varies, but the ultimate objective is that children can develop speech and language. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us for an appointment.