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Frequently Asked Questions:


1. What is a cochlear implant?

A COCHLEAR IMPLANT IS AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE HEARING FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WHO HAVE A SEVERE TO PROFOUND SENSORI-NEURAL HEARING LOSS AND SHOW NO MEANINGFUL BENEFIT FROM HEARING AIDS. A cochlear implant can provide a deaf person with useful hearing of environmental sounds as well as the ability to hear and understand most speech without lip-reading. Most cochlear implant users can communicate on the telephone and appreciate music.


2. What components make up a Cochlear Implant?

A COCHLEAR IMPLANT CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING:

INTERNAL Implant - the receiver which is surgically implanted in the skull with electrodes inserted into the inner ear or cochlea.

EXTERNAL Processor - a worn sound processor and a battery pack connected to a magnetic coil that transmits the processed signal to the receiver in the skull. 




 

3. WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES?

A cochlear implant can provide a deaf person with useful hearing of environmental sounds as well as the ability to hear and understand most speech without lip-reading. Most cochlear implant users can communicate on the telephone and appreciate music.

  • Cochlear implantation is safe and reliable
  • Cochlear implantation is cost effective for adults and children of all ages.
  • The earlier children are implanted the better the outcomes
  • For adults and children who lose their hearing, the shorter the period of deafness the more effective  implantation will be
  • Bilateral implantation has been shown to improve listening in noise and localization of sound which are both important in difficult listening situations

4. WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?

  • An adult/child/baby with bilateral moderate to profound sensori-neural hearing loss 
  • Who shows very limited or no benefit from hearing aids
  • Adults and older children whose hearing loss occurred after learning spoken language
  • In the case of pre-lingually deafened adults there must be evidence that auditory cues assist communication
  • The primary means of communication must be spoken language
  • No medical contraindications
  • A desire to be part of the hearing world
  • No upper age limit for referral
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