A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants by pass the damaged hair cells of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Children and adults with a severe to profound hearing loss who cannot be helped with hearing aids may be helped with cochlear implants. A cochlear implant is a device that provides direct electrical stimulation to the auditory (hearing) nerve in the inner ear. Patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss have damage to the tiny hair cells in the part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Because of this damage, sound cannot reach the auditory nerve. With a cochlear implant, the damaged hair cells are bypassed, and the auditory nerve is stimulated directly.
The cochlear implant does not result in “restored” or “cured” hearing. It does, however, allow for the perception of the sensation of sound.
The benefits from a cochlear implant depend on many factors, such as:
Cochlear implants have external (outside) parts and internal (surgically implanted) parts that work together to allow the user to perceive sound.
The external parts include a microphone, a speech processor, and a transmitter. The microphone looks like a behind-the-ear hearing aid. It picks up sounds—just like a hearing aid microphone does—and sends them to the speech processor.
Salient Features of our Cochlear Implantation program in Ruban Memorial Hospital
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