Hear Better with a Cochlear Implant
If hearing aids aren’t working for you or your child because you are suffering from severe to profound hearing loss, Cochlear implants might be the answer.
Here at Johnson Audiology, we are proud to have partnered with Associates in ENT to offer you this implant surgery at our Chattanooga office!
A cochlear implant can either work alongside hearing aids or in replace of them.
The implant itself is an electronic device that is designed to compensate for the damaged part of the inner ear, (the cochlea) and provides the vital sound signals to the brain, opposed to simply making sounds louder, which is the job of the hearing aids.
Although the implants do not actively cure hearing loss, they provide the wearer with the sensation of sound.
The implant has two main parts: An external microphone placed behind the ear, and an internal receiver device that’s placed inside the skull.
The microphone is designed to pick up the sound and convert it to electrical signals, which is then picked up by the receiver and converted into ‘pulses’ (which give the sensation of sound).
What are the Benefits of a Cochlear Implant?
The most significant benefit of cochlear implants is the heightened sensation of sound, which makes hearing and speaking sound and feel more natural, much like it did before the hearing loss.
Other benefits include:
- Hearing conversations and environment sounds at a comfortable level
- Distinguishing and identifying different types of sound
- Being able to keep your voice at a comfortable level for yourself and others
- Being able to speak on the phone, listen to music/radio/podcasts with ease
Who is Suitable for Cochlear Implants?
Both adults and children as young as 12 months can have cochlear implants, and they are particularly useful for those who were born deaf or have severe or profound hearing loss.
For children, experts recommend they are implanted as soon as possible, so as not to disturb their natural development.
For adults – especially adults who were not born deaf, but rather developed their hearing loss with age (postlingually deafened) – typically have greater success with the cochlear implants than those who had not developed their language before becoming deaf (prelingually deafened).
Other factors for suitability include:
- Receiving little or no benefit from wearing hearing aids
- Having no major medical issues that could affect or put them at risk during surgery
- Having a real desire to be able to hear, speak and communicate with people again
What Happens During Cochlear Implant Surgery?
Be reassured, cochlear implant surgery is very routine and typically performed under general anesthesia.
On average, the surgery takes around two hours per ear.
After the surgeon makes a small, inconspicuous incision behind the ear, the electronic device is placed into the inner ear, after which the surgical team will perform a few tests to ensure the effectiveness of the new implant and ensure its compatibility with you.
Once done, the incision is closed (usually with disposable stiches, so no need to remove them later), and you’re all set.
Your Audiologist will carefully go through how to adjust to your new implant(s) and how to care for them, so the moment you leave you’re well informed and completely confident!
Why Choose Johnson Audiology for Your Implants?
Put simply, our number one priority is you. Our whole philosophy is centered on you feeling welcome, looked after and of course receiving the best treatment possible.
We are true experts in the field of Audiology, and, having won numerous national awards for our best service and practice management, we know how to treat our patients, and then some.
In addition, if you weren’t already aware, we’re also insurance experts!
We partner with most health insurance companies, and our in-house billing experts are trained to research your individual policy and verify benefits and coverage.
What To Do Next
The very first step to getting your cochlear implants is to have a diagnostic appointment with us. Here we’ll be able to assess whether you definitely need the implants or not, and, if so, what the further steps are to getting them.
We take great pride in ensuring this part of the process is friendly, relaxed and completely stress-free, and be assured that you will know whether you need to proceed with the implants there on the day.
Click here to book your free diagnostic appointment today, and let us help you get the enjoyment of your hearing back.
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