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Cochlear Implants

Cochlear hearing implants are different than regular implants because they are directly stimulating the Cochlea together with the auditory nerve. A regular hearing aid will just amplify sounds that exist around you in order for the damaged ear to perceive them.

In order to understand how the Cochlear hearing implant works we need to understand what happens inside our ears. Sounds are lead towards the Cochlea membrane, where they form resonant vibrations. A high pitch sound will create a vibration that does not pass far over a membrane while the low pitch sounds will stretch further. All the vibrations will cause disturbance of the microscopic hair that we all have around this membrane. Surrounding nerves will pick up on the disturbances and the brain will interpret them. This is how we understand what sounds we hear.

Hearing aids will increase sound volume. In this way the hairs that are damaged can still get stimulated when we have a high enough volume. A cochlear implant will send a signal that is different to our brain by using the exact same nerve systems. To put it simple, those that get an implant need to relearn how to understand sound information. As soon as this happens the sounds are recognized well and people can enjoy relatively normal hearing.

Who can get a Cochlear Hearing Implant?

Both adults and children can benefit from Cochlear hearing implants. It has been proven that adults suffering from post-lingual deafness managed to gain great results in recognizing new senses and then relating them to a sound that was heard. Unfortunately, when talking about children, it will be more complicated in dealing with understanding the sounds that they are hearing. In some cases they will need to learn additional techniques like lip reading or speech reading in order to properly understand what is going on.

In most situations those that will receive no benefits from hearing aids will be considered for Cochlear Implants. It is recommended to first consult a specialist before opting for this version. There are tests that should be made and only after results are in we can see if the Cochlear implant is a solution in your case.

You need to understand that in some cases personal healthcare insurance might not cover the expenses brought in by a Cochlear implant. It is highly important that you first check and see if such an implant is covered. In most situations these surgical implants are safe but there are some risks attached. Make sure that you learn about them before the procedure. Also, understand that you will need to work hard after getting the implant in order to learn how to hear again. The good news is that when hearing aids fail to help, Cochlear implants usually provide a really good helping hand.