Frequently asked questions about cochlear implants
- Posted on: Jan 15 2021
At The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas, patients have the opportunity to speak to a medical provider about hearing loss solutions. Those who were born profoundly deaf or have experienced severe hearing loss may want to ask a professional about the benefits of using a cochlear implant.
What is a cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is a special implant that is used for patients who have significant hearing loss. It is surgically placed into the bone of the ear and uses electric signals to stimulate the auditory nerve and produce a sense of sound. It bypasses the normal hearing processes to provide sound for those who may have lost it or been born without it.
Who can obtain a cochlear implant?
Cochlear implants can be used on patients of all ages, including children. Children under the age of 2 typically benefit dramatically from the use of a cochlear implant, allowing them to develop language skills at the same rate as their peers. This can help them succeed in social and educational environments later on. Cochlear implants are best for patients with more severe hearing loss or for those who have been born profoundly deaf.
What is involved in receiving a cochlear implant?
Cochlear implants are complex and require a surgical procedure to place. Additionally, patients will need significant therapy after their cochlear implant has been installed to achieve the sense of hearing they need to function at their best. Patients will also need to work with their medical insurance to determine if they have benefits that can lower or reduce the cost of treatment, as these surgical implants can be costly without financial assistance.
Are you considering a cochlear implant?
If you live in the areas of Plano, Allen, McKinney, or Celina, TX and are considering restoring your hearing with cochlear implants, now is the time to connect with our doctors to determine fi you are a proper candidate. Call the office at (972) 984-1050 to schedule an appointment at any one of our conveniently located facilities. We can help you find ways to effectively provide the hearing you need to improve your quality of life.
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