Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implants

If you suffer from severe hearing loss, you may benefit from a cochlear implant. It is a device that is surgically implanted in the cochlea, the spiral-shaped organ in the inner ear.

There is a big difference between cochlear implants and standard hearing aids:

· Hearing aids act like an amplifier to make sounds louder.

· Cochlear implants transmit real sound signals through the electrodes. This converts sounds into electrical impulses, which are interpreted by the brain. Its goal is to replace the function of the cochlea.

Other differences include:

· Hearing aids are not surgically implanted. They are worn in or behind the ear.

· Hearing aids are generally ideal if you have mild to moderate hearing loss.

· Cochlear implants are good options when there is severe hearing loss in one or both ears and loss of speech understanding.

The device is not suitable for everyone and there are potential complications. Successful use of a cochlear implant also requires thorough therapy and training.

What Is A Cochlear Implant?

A cochlear implant is a small electronic medical device that improves moderate to severe hearing loss. It is used to aid hearing loss in adults, children and infants.

The device works by electrically stimulating the cochlear nerve. It has external and internal components.

The external component is placed behind the ear. It consists of a microphone that receives sound waves. A speech processor analyzes the sounds and transforms them into digital signals.

These signals are sent to a transmitter which forwards them to the internal receiver. The transmitter and receiver are held together by a magnet.