Cochlear implants are medical devices that can help people with severe hearing loss to perceive sound. They work by directly stimulating the auditory nerve, bypassing the damaged hair cells in the inner ear.
In this blog, we will explain what cochlear implants are, how they work, and who may be a good candidate for this type of device:
Cochlear implants are electronic devices that are surgically implanted into the inner ear of a person with severe hearing loss.
They consist of two parts: an external component (worn behind the ear) that captures sound and converts it into electrical signals, and an internal component (implanted in the inner ear) that stimulates the auditory nerve directly.
The implant works by picking up sound from the environment and converting it into electrical signals that are sent to the internal component via a small antenna.
The internal component then stimulates the auditory nerve, which sends signals to the brain where they are interpreted as sound.
Unlike hearing aids, which amplify sound, cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve, allowing the brain to perceive sound more clearly.
Cochlear implants are most effective for people with severe to profound hearing loss who receive little or no benefit from hearing aids.
Candidates for cochlear implants are typically evaluated by an audiologist and a surgeon to determine if they have a hearing loss that meets the criteria for implantation.
In general, candidates for cochlear implants must have a significant hearing loss in both ears, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations for the outcomes of the procedure.
The joy of hearing is a priceless gift that cochlear implants can provide for those who are good candidates for the procedure.
Cochlear implants are a life-changing technology that can help people with severe hearing loss to experience the joy of hearing. By directly stimulating the auditory nerve, cochlear implants allow the brain to perceive sound more clearly, improving a person's ability to communicate and participate in everyday activities. If you or someone you know has severe hearing loss, talk to your audiologist and surgeon to see if cochlear implants may be a good option.