It takes time and motivation, but the results are worth it
When hearing loss is so profound that hearing aids provide little benefit, you might be a candidate for a cochlear implant. This electronic device operates differently from traditional hearing aids, which amplify sound. Cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of the inner ear and deliver sound signals directly to the auditory nerve.
The sound signals are not the same as normal hearing, so people who receive implants need to be trained in how to interpret what they hear. It takes time and motivation, but the results are worth the effort in terms of improved communication and quality of life.
Cochlear implants are not an appropriate treatment for everyone experiencing hearing loss. Before beginning the process, we want you to understand what implants can and cannot do in restoring your ability to hear. You also need to understand the commitment you will need to make as you train your brain to interpret the sound signals it receives.
What to expect
First, we’ll determine whether or not you or your child is a good candidate for an implant. This includes assessing your general health and hearing, as well as specifically assessing the condition of the cochlea and inner ear.
Although many patients are able to go home the day of the surgery, your cochlear implants will not be activated until the surgery sites—behind the ear and in the cochlea—have completely healed. So don’t expect your hearing to be restored immediately.
Activation of the implant is more complicated than simply turning on a switch. At Baker ENT we will work with you to ensure that all the components are working properly, adjust the sound processor to suit your needs, and assess your hearing.
You should also expect that learning to hear is an ongoing process. You actually need to train your brain to interpret the sounds you hear. Depending on the length of time between your hearing loss and your cochlear implant surgery, you might need to be patient and persistent in this process.
Are you ready?
The staff at Baker ENT would be happy to address your questions and walk you through the assessment process to determine whether you are a potential candidate for cochlear implants. Contact us to learn more about this option for restoring your hearing.