Singapore General Hospital started cochlear implant services since 1998. It is one of the many specialised programmes available under the ENT Centre. There is a team of dedicated professional staff and ENT specialists who work together to provide our patients with the best possible medical, audiological and rehabilitative care.
The Centre has seen more than 500 patients (adults and children) successfully implanted with the device.
Patients under this programme are referred to our Auditory Verbal Therapy for therapy sessions.
The cochlear implant is a device which is implanted into the inner ear, providing 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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Speech and other sounds from the cochlear implant will not sound exactly the same as they do for a person with normal hearing. The benefits from a cochlear implant may vary for different people. Some of the benefits are as follows: