Sometimes, even the best hearing aids aren’t enough.
Although hearing aids offer a significant improvement in hearing for millions of people with hearing loss, they may not provide sufficient benefit for those with substantial hearing loss caused by inner ear damage or malformation.
In such instances, despite the sophistication of modern hearing aid technology, the degree of hearing improvement necessary may not be achieved. Consequently, alternative approaches or interventions might be considered to meet the individual’s specific hearing requirements.
What are Cochlear Implants?
Cochlear implants are highly specialized hearing devices specifically designed to address severe or profound hearing loss resulting from inner ear complications. These advanced electronic medical devices serve as a substitute for the damaged inner ear, reinstating its vital functions. It is important to note that cochlear implants differ from traditional hearing aids, as they actively take over the responsibilities of the damaged cochlea, effectively transmitting auditory signals to the brain for sound perception and comprehension. By leveraging innovative technology, cochlear implants enable individuals with hearing impairments to regain access to the auditory world, ultimately enhancing their quality of life and overall communication abilities.
How do they work?
Cochlear implants consist of electrodes that are surgically implanted into the cochlea, the part of the ear that converts sound waves into electrical nerve impulses. This innovative device allows individuals with cochlear damage to bypass the impaired cochlea and transmit information directly to the auditory nerve. From there, the auditory nerve transfers the electrical signals to the brain, where they are processed as the sounds we perceive. This groundbreaking technology has revolutionized the way we restore hearing in those who experience hearing loss. By delivering signals directly to the brain, cochlear implants provide an effective solution that enables individuals to regain their sense of sound and improve their overall quality of life.
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How do I know if I need a Cochlear Implant?
At Alison Burks Clinic of Hearing, Inc., our expert team specializes in providing comprehensive services for cochlear implant patients. We conduct thorough pre-implant evaluations to determine the suitability of the procedure for each individual. These evaluations entail an informative orientation about cochlear implants, their functionality, and potential benefits. Additionally, we perform a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s hearing capabilities and engage in a detailed discussion about realistic expectations from the cochlear implant.
As part of our commitment to providing personalized care, we offer customized programming for cochlear implants. Similar to hearing instrument programming, our experienced professionals take into account the patient’s degree of hearing loss and sound quality preferences. Fine-tuning a cochlear implant requires meticulous attention to detail due to the intricacy of the electrode system. Ensuring optimal performance, we welcome patients for follow-up visits and regular hearing care to address any concerns and facilitate their long-term success.
Contact us today to explore the remarkable possibilities that cochlear implants can offer you and your loved ones. Our dedicated team is here to provide support and guidance throughout your journey to enhanced hearing.