Cochlear Implant Surgery
- Hearing loss can not only be traumatic for a person but also his/her loved ones.
- There are multiple causes for hearing disability which may include complications at birth, genetic disorders, chronic ear infections, and exposure to excessive noise, ageing or any infectious disease.
- BLK ENT Department offers Cochlear Implant surgery which helps in providing sense of sounds to a person with total or partial hear loss.
What is Cochlear Implant?
- Cochlear Implant is an electronic device which is placed behind the ear.
- It is quite helpful in creating a sense of sound with sound processor which are present on the outside of the skin, even though the device do not retain or create 100% hearing.
- By picking up sound from the microphone it sends electric signals to the brain by stimulating the cochlear nerve and creating a sense of sound.
What is the procedure to implant the Cochlear device?
- The cochlear device is surgically implanted behind the ear of a patient and is conducted under general anaesthesia.
- The surgery is an open surgery wherein the cochlear implant bypasses the normal hearing process.
How does a doctor ascertain if a patient requires Cochlear Implant?
- A team of doctor conducts multiple tests before suggesting a surgery for Cochlear implants.
- The surgery is usually conducted on children who are born with hearing disability or face hearing loss due to some ailment/accident.
What kind of Post-Op care is required?
A lot of care is required post the surgery as hearing is a new development for patients with total hear loss. Therapy from Speech-language pathologists and audiologists is required for the learning process.
What are the risks involved?
There is a risk of developing infections like mastoiditis, otitis. There is also a risk of shifting of the implanted device in certain cases. Damage to facial nerve is also one of the risks.