What is a Cochlear Implant?
A cochlear implant is a device that electronically stimulates the
auditory nerve. It includes internal components (internal magnet and
electrodes) and external components (external magnet, speech
processor, and microphones).
Who benefits from cochlear implants?
Individuals (both adults and children) with severe to profound hearing
losses are considered candidates for cochlear implants. Other
variables are considered and further testing is required to determine
candidacy for cochlear implants. Consult your audiologist for further
information regarding candidacy.
How much does a cochlear implant cost?
Insurance typically covers the costs of cochlear implants. Check your
What are the risks involved?
As with any surgery, there are risks, such as: infection and
complications due to anesthesia. More specific to cochlear implants,
there are risks of tinnitus, numbness in and around the ear, facial
paralysis, taste disturbances and more.
Do cochlear implants restore normal hearing?
No. In fact, cochlear implant recipients initially report distorted
hearing because it is a much different way of hearing (Electric vs.
Acoustic). However, the brain usually will quickly adjust to these
different sounds and eventually hears them fairly normally. Cochlear
implant users who continue to wear hearing aids on their non-implanted
side report even better sound perception than with the implant alone.
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