Cochlear Implant Program
The Top Five Myths About Hearing Loss
- 1. I would know if I had hearing loss.
- 2. If I already have hearing loss I don’t need to protect my ears from noise.
- 3. Having hearing loss just means that I need sounds to be louder.
- 4. Only people with serious hearing loss need treatment.
- 5. Only old people need to worry about hearing loss.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world are affected by hearing loss. With modern hearing technology you can regain your ability to listen, perform at work, communicate with family and friends, and enjoy everyday life.
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Hearing Loss Solutions
Whether you have just been diagnosed with hearing loss or are currently not hearing well with your hearing aid(s), acting early has the potential to transform your life. Explore these treatment options for hearing loss.
1. Hearing Aids – For those with mild to severe hearing loss, hearing aids are usually the most common treatment option. Hearing aids are designed to make sounds louder.
2. Cochlear Implant – For those with moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears, receiving little or no benefit from hearing aids. Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. They are designed to make sounds louder and clearer.
3. Hybrid Cochlear Implant – For those with relatively good hearing (mild hearing loss) in the lower frequencies with more significant (severe) hearing loss in the higher frequencies may be a candidate for a hybrid cochlear implant. This unique combination of two proven technologies — acoustic amplification and cochlear implant technology—in one device.
4. Bone Conduction Systems – For those with permanent conductive or mixed hearing loss and single-sided deafness may be candidates for a bone conduction system. These devices use your body’s natural ability to conduct sound. Once you have a hearing test and meet with the audiologits and neuro-otologist, we can guide you to the appropriate treatment for your specific hearing loss.
What is a Cochlear Implant?
The implant is under the skin behind the ear and receives digital signals from the sound processor. These signals are sent to the auditory nerve and are interpreted as sound. The use of cochlear implants for the treatment of severe to profound hearing loss has had signficant advancements since the initial implants placed by Dr. William House in the 1960s. Implant technology leaped forward in the seventies through the nineties. The seventies saw more people getting implanted, continued research, and the development of a multichannel device. By December 1984, the cochlear implant was no longer deemed experimental and was given the stamp of FDA approval for implantation into adults.
The cochlear implant system consists of two parts:
- The internal part consists of wires that are surgically implanted into the cochlea through the skull behind the ear
- The external part consists of a microphone, a speech processor (that converts sound into electrical impulses), and connecting cables Individuals who receive little to no benefit from hearing aids are usually considered to be candidates for a cochlear implant.