We Are The Permian Basin’s Cochlear Implant Specialists
Hearing loss affects millions of people of all ages in every corner of the world. For many, hearing aids provide a viable solution to help restore hearing and a better quality of life, but there are cases when hearing aids do not provide enough sound clarity for those with a severe hearing loss.
When either a child or adult seeks greater hearing clarity or a more natural sound, audiologists turn to cochlear implants to help restore hearing, improve communication, and contribute to a more independent and rewarding quality of life.
Whether placed in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral), children as young as six to twelve months on up to older children and adults benefit from the improved capacity to speak and process language and other sounds due to cochlear implants.
Many people are aware that the cochlear implant technology exists, but few truly understand the devices and their use.
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What Is A Cochlear Implant?
A cochlear implant is an electronic device designed to compensate for the damaged structures of the inner ear, which is installed using a surgical procedure. It accomplishes its objective by transmitting modified sound signals to your brain instead of amplifying sound as hearing aids do.
They do not cure hearing loss but provide the wearer with the sensations of sound.
Cochlear implants have been around since the 1970s, providing a higher level of hearing clarity to individuals with a severe hearing loss. Like all other electronic devices, the digital technology used in them has also improved their performance.
A cochlear implant can be used alongside hearing aids or to replace them when they are not providing a viable solution.
Answers To Your Additional Questions About Cochlear Implants
Q. What Are The Benefits Of Cochlear Implants?
Their most significant benefit is increased sound sensation, making hearing more natural. In addition, they allow you to hear conversations and sounds at a more comfortable level, help you to maintain your own voice at a level that is a more comfortable level for yourself and others, and improve your capacity to enjoy music or a phone conversation.
Q. Who Qualifies For Cochlear Implants?
Cochlear implants benefit both adults and children. When children are born with a severe or profound hearing loss, most experts implant the devices as early as possible in order to enhance their natural development without doing damage. Adults usually benefit from cochlear implants if their hearing loss developed with age. In other words, their language developed before their hearing loss occurred.
Q. Are There Risks In Cochlear Implant Surgery?
Any surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia comes with some risks. However, the surgical risks associated with cochlear implantation are usually minimal with few complications, and most patients require only a one-day hospital stay.
Q. Will A Cochlear Implant Restore Normal Hearing For People Who Are Deaf?
A cochlear implant does not restore normal hearing. It is a tool for improving communication and not a “cure” for deafness. A cochlear implant stimulates the normal function of the electrical impulses produced from sound waves in the inner ear. An implant with listening therapy helps people to better recognize sounds and speech.
All About Hearing Is Midland’s First Cochlear Implant Provider
Cochlear implants provide a solution for those with a severe to profound hearing loss who experience little benefit from hearing aids. They are an important tool to help those individuals who qualify for them to live a richer, more rewarding quality of life.
Dr. Sally Miranda, founder of All About Hearing, was the first audiologist in the Permian Basin to include cochlear implants among her hearing care options, and our clinic is the only location between Lubbock and New Mexico to offer this service.
Contact us to schedule a hearing assessment and find out if you or a loved one might benefit and qualify for a cochlear implant.