How Do Cochlear Implants Work?
A qualified surgeon will place a small hearing implant under the skin behind your ear, hidden from view. Once sound is captured by the cochlear implant processor and converted into digital information, it is transmitted to the internal implant which converts that information into electrical signals and sends them to electrodes. These electrodes follow the shape of your cochlea, stimulating the nerve fibers and sending sound signals to your brain. These signals are what ultimately become sounds such as music or speech.
The implant procedure is an outpatient surgery that is usually done under general anesthesia and lasts only a couple of hours. Because it is considered a “hearing implant” and not a “hearing aid”, most insurance plans will cover cochlear implants.
Am I a Candidate for Cochlear Implants?
To learn if you’re a candidate for a hearing implant, it’s best to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing specialists. Implant candidacy is determined on an individual basis and takes into account several factors including hearing history, residual hearing, speech recognition and various health factors.
Candidates typically have:
- Severe sensorineural hearing loss in one or both ears
- A functioning auditory nerve
- Lived a short amount of time without hearing
- No medical reason to avoid surgery
There are no age requirements or restrictions to receive a cochlear implant.
3-Part Cochlear Implant Story
Follow the story of a recent patient as we film him before his cochlear implant surgery, when his implant was activated and at his two month follow up appointment.
Bilateral Cochlear Implant Testimonial
Bob recently received his bilateral cochlear hearing implants from our practice. Check out his complete story below.