For Sensorineural hearing loss- Most recent Advances is COCHLEAR IMPLANT
A COCHLEAR IMPLANT is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants bypass the damaged hair cells of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.
Who is Eligible to receive a cochlear Implant
A number of medical and Audiological Assessments are required to determine if a person is candidate for Cochlear Implant.
Generally, the following criteria apply:-
- The potential recepient must have a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss.
- They must gain little or no benefit from the use of hearing aids.
- The inner ear must be free from infection.
- They must be medically suitable to undergo surgery.
Expectations From Cochlear Implant
How much benefit a person receives from Cochlear Implant depends on the following factors:-
- Duration of deafness
- Amount of residual hearing
- Age of Implantation
- Status of the hearing nerve
- Post operative rehabilitation
- Motivation and family commitment
Benefits of Cochlear Implant
Some of the benefits of Cochlear Implant are:-
- All implant users have incresed access to environmental sounds
- Many enjoy the ability to understabd speech without lip-reading