Cochlear implants have been around for almost forty years, but their recent strides are more impressive than ever. We know technology moves fast, so it’s no wonder that the technology in hearing instruments would improve just as quickly.
While cochlear may not be the solution for everyone’s issue, it’s good to know that it is available and can now be recommended by one of our professional audiologists.
We’re always ready to treat any level of hearing loss that the residents of Greensboro present with. Cochlear is just another solution to a problem that we hope no one has to face.
Before getting your cochlear implants, there are many steps to take to determine if you are a candidate and if you’ll benefit from them.
What is a Cochlear Implant?
Cochlear implants are for those with severe to profound hearing loss. A comprehensive hearing assessment is the only way to determine your hearing loss level.
A cochlear implant is a simple surgical procedure that implants an electrode in the inner ear just under your skin. It connects to a sound processor and receiver that fits discreetly behind your ear. The components are small and getting smaller with each new model.
The sound processor fits behind the ear to accept incoming sounds. It then digitizes the sound signals and sends these electrical signals to the implanted electrode in the cochlea. This is then passed directly to the brain for processing so you can comprehend what you’re hearing.
This implant is not meant to cure deafness, but it will help people regain the ability to hear sounds and help process them. It’s a huge step forward in preventing any cognitive decline that could occur from severe or prolonged hearing loss.
Are You a Candidate for Cochlear Implants?
People who have suffered from or neglected their hearing loss over the long term will most likely benefit from cochlear implants. These are meant as a last line of defense if hearing aids have not proven strong enough for the patient.
Due to the immense hearing damage, cochlear may be needed to re-establish a connection. Cochlear will turn the sound signals into electrical signals to be processed easier by the brain.
Even the most advanced hearing aids still rely on hearing the signal they send; if your ear cannot do that, cochlear is the next step.
Cochlear Implants vs. Prescriptions Hearing Aids
Cochlear implants require a simple and short surgical procedure to implant the receiver just under your skin. It’s this component that sends sound signals directly to your cochlear and then on to the brain for processing.
Prescription hearing aids can be more discrete and help those with severe hearing loss. However, cochlear is used when hearing loss is severe, and prescription hearing aids no longer provide any relief.
Cochlear can be more effective than prescription hearing aids because it bypasses the ear canal and transmits sounds as an electrical signal rather than just amplifying sound. This is the major breakthrough when compared to prescription hearing aids.
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If you’re wondering about the mobility with cochlear implants, don’t. The great news is that almost every activity can be done with cochlear implants. The only activities to avoid involve extreme changes in pressure. Examples are skydiving and scuba diving.
They are much more versatile and easier to manage than prescription hearing aids. Once you have taken the time to adapt, the transformation in your hearing can be surprising.
The external processor is removed for swimming and showering, and protective headgear is worn for activities such as football or boxing. Unfortunately, the cochlear is still a piece of circuitry and is susceptible to moisture and breakage.
What are the First Steps to Getting Cochlear Implants?
If you think your hearing aids are underperforming or you suspect a loved one is not getting the best performance from theirs, then please come have them checked out.
It may be time for a comprehensive hearing assessment to re-evaluate your hearing. This will result in a more accurate diagnosis and an improvement in your hearing. Whether it comes from cochlear or simply adjusting your current prescription hearing aids, a comprehensive hearing assessment is the first step to improvement.
We are always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact us anytime. We’re here to help.