Happy International Cochlear Implant Day & World Hearing Day!
Considering Cochlear Implants?
Hearing loss affects millions of people of all ages around the world. For many, hearing aids provide a viable solution, but if you or a loved one experience significant hearing loss, hearing aids may offer little or no benefit. That’s when it’s time to consider cochlear implants (CI), a medical device technology that thousands of people around the world rely on, as a way to restore hearing.
Gathering information on cochlear implants can be overwhelming. We understand that every situation is unique, and every candidate has different goals and fears. A short conversation can guide you towards the solution that’s right before taking the next step on a lifelong decision.
Celebrating International Cochlear Implant Day (February 25) & World Hearing Day (March 3), Advanced Bionics Asia Pacific is offering a free consultation and a free eBook on cochlear implants to candidates considering a cochlear implant system.
Fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation and to download our free comprehensive guide to cochlear implants.
Offer applies only to candidates based in Asia Pacific countries* considering a cochlear implant. Offer valid until March 25, 2021.
What is a Cochlear Implant?
A cochlear implant is an electronic device designed to provide enhanced sound perception and the potential for greater speech understanding for children and adults with significant hearing loss.
A cochlear implant has external components, a sound processor, and a headpiece, which can be easily taken off and put on.
It also has internal parts, which are implanted during surgery and are not visible: the implant and the electrode array.
A cochlear implant works by bypassing the damaged or missing hair cells in the cochlea and stimulating the hearing nerve directly.
Why Do People Get Cochlear Implants?
Significant hearing loss can make people feel cut off from the hearing world. They miss the everyday sounds normal hearing people take for granted and can feel isolated and left out.
People get cochlear implants because they want to hear their best, be independent, and feel included. They want to take part in conversations, hear their children or grandchildren talk, listen to music, or simply enjoy the sounds of nature. They want to be confident that they can hear in all listening situations, even in noisy environments.
Parents choose cochlear implants for their children because they want them to hear the sounds of life. They want to provide their children with the opportunity to learn to listen, talk, and communicate freely and independently. They want their children to participate fully in the world of sounds that surrounds them.
For more than 25 years, Advanced Bionics has helped nearly 100,000 ears in over 130 countries removed limitations for those otherwise isolated from the world of sound.
How Does a Cochlear Implant Work?
The microphones pick up sounds at the opening of the ear canal for the most natural listening experience.
The sound waves are converted into detailed digital signals by the sound processor.
Our headpiece sends the digital signals to the cochlear implant and electrode array in the inner ear.
The electrode array stimulates the hearing nerve.
The hearing nerve sends impulses to the brain, which interprets them as sounds.
FAQs on Cochlear Implants
How do cochlear implant systems differ from hearing aids?
Hearing aids are designed to amplify sound, but often this is not enough to make it any clearer or easier to understand for people with severe or profound hearing loss. Cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of the ear, sending sound directly to the hearing nerve, where it’s relayed to the brain. Most cochlear implant recipients demonstrate improvement in their ability to understand speech, even in noisy environments, compared to hearing aid wearers.
Is my child a candidate for a cochlear implant?
Am I a candidate for a cochlear implant?
Should I get cochlear implants in both ears?
Depending on candidacy and healthcare coverage, people with hearing loss sometimes get both ears implanted at the same time. This is called “simultaneous implantation,” and it’s done to achieve bilateral hearing (hearing in both ears). Others opt for a second implant at a later date (sequential implantation), after first experiencing life with only one implant for a while.
Bilateral hearing is the way normal hearing works and offers several advantages over unilateral hearing (hearing with one ear), including better sound localization (the ability to better locate the direction from which sound is coming) and improved hearing in noisy environments.*
Can I have a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other?
You or your child may continue to wear a hearing aid in the non-implanted ear. Continuing to use your hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear may help you to hear better in noisy environments*, as well as assist in localizing sound. This solution, known as bimodal hearing, can be substantially beneficial.
How well will I hear with a cochlear implant?
Every person’s journey to hearing is as unique as the details of every person’s hearing loss. Your or your child’s hearing experience with cochlear implants is dependent upon a number of biological factors, including:
Age when hearing loss began
Length of hearing loss
Age at implantation
The health of the inner ear
Other medical conditions that could affect hearing
Is AB’s cochlear implant system a good choice for those with vision and dexterity issues?
Cochlear implant technology seems to advance rapidly. Should I wait for newer technology?
AB understands that nobody wants to go through the process of receiving a cochlear implant only to discover that a better model is available a few months later. When you choose a cochlear implant system from AB, you benefit from superior internal technology now and external upgradeability for the future so that your hearing advances as technology does - without the need for additional surgery.
What is the implantation surgery like?
Cochlear implantation is relatively simple and minimally invasive. In most cases, implantation can be done on an outpatient basis. The procedure itself typically takes two to four hours, with additional time in the preparation and recovery areas because the implantation is done under general anesthesia.
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