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Cochlea Ear Implants – Will This Aid Your Hearing

by Steve Evans

Extensive research on how to reverse loss of hearing in patients began in the 1950’s and continued until scientists and medical researches finally sprung upon a breakthrough. This breakthrough was a hearing instrument called a cochlear implant. The Food and Drug Administration finally approved its use in the 1980s, making it available to the public. Individuals who suffer from a hearing disability suddenly have a new opportunity to gain their sense of hearing again. The introduction of the cochlear implant has revolutionized the way the deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals have been able to interact with the rest of the world.

Being a Candidate for a Cochlear Implant

Candidates for a cochlear implant can be of any age, so long as they suffer from a severe hearing disability. Hearing problems can occur at any age, but for most adults it usually occurs over a period of time. Jobs, environment, illness, or medications can bring on hearing loss in adults. A hearing test can tell you how severe the hearing loss is in your ears, helping your doctor know if you could be a possible candidate.

To determine a child’s eligibility for a cochlear implant, there are different processes involved. Many young children go through a series of hearing tests as infants to determine their level of hearing loss. If the hearing tests show that the child has impaired hearing, a cochlear implant might solve the problem.

Before having surgery for a cochlear implant, it is imperative you make good decisions based on all the available information. To determine if you are a candidate for this type of hearing instrument, you need to visit a medical specialist. If you doctor gives the go-ahead for the surgery, it might be helpful to talk with someone who has undergone the cochlear implant surgery.

Talking with someone who has an implant can help you prepare for what you need to do after your surgery is over. You will have to undergo speech and language therapy from a speech pathologist or audiologists. This can be an extremely time-consuming and frustrating task, especially for a child having to learn unfamiliar sounds. But repeated practice eventually leads to successful hearing with a cochlear implant.

Life after Surgery

The difficulty of the surgery comes with the therapy afterwards. Adults who have lost their hearing later in life may have an easier time adapting to this hearing instrument because they are already familiar with a variety of sounds. Children, on the other hand, can have a difficult time with this type of hearing instrument, especially if they were born deaf. They will have to learn new languages and sound associations from scratch because they won’t have a mental library of sounds to go by.

Since cochlear implants are only available to selected people with hearing loss, you can consult with your physician to see if you are a candidate. Your doctor will probably do a series of hearing tests to see how extensive your hearing damage is before determining your eligibility. A cochlear implant is a great device and researchers will continue to improve on its convenience and effectiveness as they continue to find out more about them.

About the Author

A whole web site has been devoted to hearing loss issues, and we invite you to visit the Best Hearing Aids web site for more information.

Steve Evans is also regular contributor of dog breed related articles at The Dog Breeds Compendium.

Categories: Cochlear Implant
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