Is a cochlear 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?
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.
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.