The ability to hear is the most effective way of connecting with people. We learn language and become conscious of our surroundings by
listening sounds. Healthy hearing is essential to learn language, to communicate and to engage in life events. This complex process is carried out by our hearing system.
What is a Cochlear Implant?
Are you fed up with your hearing aids? Do you wish to get more clarity of sound? A cochlear implant can help you!
A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that electrically stimulates the nerves for hearing. The earlier to do the implant, the better is the result. A cochlear implant has two parts. The external part which is kept behind the ear and an internal part which is surgically placed under the skin.
What happens during a Cochlear Implant Surgery?
Cochlear Implant is surgical procedure which is performed by specialised implant. The surgeon places the internal part by making an incision behind the ear. The surgery takes about 2-4 hours. During surgery the cochlear implant team would perform certain tests to check the integrity of the device.
The external component is placed after 2-3 weeks after the incision site is healed. Being one of the best cochlear implant surgery hospitals in Kerala, Dr.Noushad's Hospital and Research Centre can help to reach your full hearing potential.
Do I need a Cochlear Implant Surgery?
If the child or adult is having severe to profound category of hearing loss in both the ears, reduced benefit from amplificatory devices, poor speech understanding in noise even with hearing aids, multiple disability, unilateral hearing loss can benefit from the advanced technology called cochlear implantation.
What are the benefits?
Do not expect immediate benefits. There will be significant improvements over the period of time. You will be able to perceive low, medium, and loud sounds; can understand speech without lip-reading, can attend phone calls, watch TV more easily, and enjoy music depending upon the severity of the hearing loss and onset of hearing loss.
Can you hear immediately after Cochlear Implant Surgery?
No, you cannot hear immediately after cochlear implant surgery. The external component of a cochlear implant is provided 2-3 weeks after the surgery. The benefits are not immediate, but you can experience the change through continuous training. Gradually, you will be able to hear and understand conversations with continues training.
What happens during the waiting period?
Strictly follow the instructions from the hospital during the waiting period. Take good care of your incisions, change dressings as recommended, and go to your doctor for follow-up visits on time.
Immediately report to the hospital if there is any drainage, severe pain, or fever. Expect mild to moderate pain in and around your ear. There is a chance of headaches for a few days. Popping or clicking sounds and dizziness are common among discharged patients. These symptoms usually disappear within a week. You may notice a swelling behind the ear for 2-3 weeks.
You will gradually learn to use and care for a cochlear implant.
Cochlear implantation is recommended to be done at the earliest once hearing loss is diagnosed for better Quality of Life. After cochlear implantation it is essential to attend regular auditory verbal therapy/ auditory training to learn listening skills and to communicate like any other hearing person. Regular monitoring of the listening and speech and language developments carried out with the help of an audiologist and speech language pathologist will help in achieving better outcome with the device.