Cochlear Implants

WHAT IS A COCHLEAR IMPLANT ?

Asian Speech For Cochlear Implants In Ahmedabad, Cochlear Implants In Gujarat.cochlear implant is a medical option for individuals with severe to Profound sensorineural hearing loss.In this type of hearing loss hearing aids provide limited benefit because they are designed to amplify sound, but the cochlea is not able to process this sound.
A cochlear implant bypasses the non-functioning part of the cochlea and delivers sound signals directly to the hearing nerve.Cochlear implants function by electrically stimulating the sensory cells in the cochlea. They can be used effectively by both Prelingually and Postlingually deafened children and adults.

A cochlear implant system consists of two main parts:

INTERNAL

Implant (surgically placed under the skin)
The implant consists of a housing (containing the electronics), an electrode array, and a reference electrode





EXTERNAL

Speech processor (worn behind the ear)
The speech processor consists of a Control unit, a battery pack, and a coil with cable.






HOW A COCHLEAR IMPLANT WORKS

Sounds are picked up by the microphone of the speech processor.
The speech processor analyses and codes sounds into a special pattern of electric pulses.
The pulses are sent to coil and transmitted across the skin to the implant.
The pluses are sends the pulses to the electrodes in the cochlea.
The auditory nerve picks up the signal and sends it to the auditory Centre in the brain. The brain recognizes these signals as sound.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A COCHLEAR IMPLANT ?

Implantation at a young age is preferred, because hearing is important for For language development and because research has shown better outcomes in early implanted children.
Older children and adults with previous speech and language development generally perform better with a cochlear implant.
A long period of profound hearing loss may limit the benefits of a cochlear implant.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A COCHLEAR IMPLANT ?

For Children, a profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears.
For adults, a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears.
Age at implantation can be as young as several months, depending on individual circumstances and local practices.
Receive litle or no banefit from hearing aids.
No medical contraindications.
High motivation and appropriate expectations.
Access to education and rehabilitation follow-up.