Hearing for Life
Hearing for Life - Cochlear Implantation
One in every 10 Americans has hearing loss. Fortunately, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Hearing for Life provides hearing to those who lost their hearing over time or were born with significant hearing impairment. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of the only centers to offer cochlear implantation to patients in the state of New Jersey. Cochlear implants are designed for both adults and children with sensorineural hearing loss.
Cochlear implantation provides opportunity for a congenitally deafened child to live in the hearing world, to achieve in school and compete in the professional world on par with children lacking disabilities. Cochlear implantation returns hearing to the adult candidate, restoring patients to their jobs, families, and social pursuits. Studies show that adults with cochlear implants understand sentences almost seven times better than with hearing aids. Studies also demonstrate that patients with cochlear implants perform better on telephones and enjoy listening to music where they once could not. A cochlear implant may be the solution for those who have hearing loss when a hearing aid has provided limited benefit.
Cochlear implants are designed for both adults and children with sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss results most commonly from damage to auditory structures inside the inner ear or maldevelopment of the inner ear. The implant assists in replacing the function of the damaged inner ear. The device is surgically implanted in the inner ear and stimulates the auditory nerve which then carries sound information to the brain.
Candidacy evaluations for cochlear implantation include a discussion of a patients hearing history, a conventional audiogram (hearing test), cochlear implant sentence testing, and a radiographic workup. For those patients that qualify for cochlear implantation, surgery is conducted on an outpatient basis performed at the hospital. Many patients are able to return to their jobs or other daily routines after a few days of rest. The device is then activated several weeks later, after wound healing occurs.
At Jersey Shore University Medical Center, your safety is our top priority. By using the safest devices, patients can put their trust in our hands. Everywhere you go in life sounds different. The subway, the sound of a page in a book flipping, the fizz of a soda. Cochlear implants have the potential to give you the freedom and confidence to listen to music, enjoy a movie, eat at a noisy restaurant and socialize with friends. It also provides a safe environment, giving you the freedom to travel wherever and whenever.
Whether or not the device may be an effective solution for you will depend on your type of hearing loss, quantity of hearing loss, physical examination, and hearing history. This information will be discussed with your physician to determine if a cochlear implant is the right hearing solution for you.
Is an implant right for you?
Do you find yourself struggling to hear? Do you have difficulty communicating with those around you? Do you rely on lip reading? Do you find that your hearing aids are not helpful? Does your child fail to react to loud noises, or are they falling behind in speech? Cochlear implants may be the solution for you. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may benefit from cochlear implants. Don’t let hearing loss prevent you from enjoying your life with your loved ones.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
1945 Route 33
Neptune, NJ 07753
About the Surgeon
Seth McAfee, M.D. is an Otolaryngologist with subspecialty training in Neurotology, which is medical and surgical treatment of ear problems. Dr. McAfee believes that hearing is imperative to enjoying life. His work is centered upon eliminating problems that interfere with hearing, such that patients are successful in their workplaces and unrestricted in their social lives. Dr. McAfee is one of the only surgeons in the area performing cochlear implantation, which is performed here at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. His expertise in Monmouth County allows patients with severe hearing loss to find the appropriate treatment within their communities, eliminating the need for travel to metropolitan areas.
If you are interested in learning more about robotic-surgery, please contact the Hearing for Life Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. We can be reached at 1-800-DOCTORS.