Cochlear Implants

When Do You Require a Cochlear Implant?

Love is in the air says many hopeless romantics. No, Nitrogen, Oxygen, CO2 are in the air says the science and Sheldon Cooper. But more than anything else, there is vagueness aplenty in the air. It is everywhere, it is in our thoughts, actions, and speech. Vagueness in thoughts and actions might not bother many people but in speech it does. It is difficult to understand this vagueness ridden world and its people. And this is the problem faced by people with perfectly alright ears. If this is the case with people with faultless ears then what about people with the hearing disorders?? Then aid comes in the form of hearing aid. But for some people, hearing-aid is hardly of any help. So, should they remain deaf for the rest of the life and suffer in the sea of vagueness?? Well God may or may not bless America but the cochlear implants are blessing to the people with the hearing disorder.

What is a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implants are tiny electronic hearing devices designed for the people suffering from severe hearing loss.

These implants do not restore the damaged ears to its full hearing capacity but replace the function of the inner ear.

Though the design looks very similar to that of hearing-aid, in function it differs from hearing-aid. While the hearing-aid amplify the sound of the surroundings so that the damaged ear can hear things better, the cochlear works slightly in a different way. These implants sense the sound signals produced in the environment, bypass the damaged ear cells, and stimulate the auditory nerve which in turn produce sensations of sound and sends these signals to the brain.

When do you require a cochlear implant?

Age is immaterial and, regardless of which brackets of age one fits in, they can be the victims of profound deafness. Both children and adults with acute hearing loss will have to get themselves these implants. If you have identified with any of the symptoms listed below, you should make no delay in contacting otolaryngologist or an ENT specialist for the medical advice.

  • Loss of hearing ability in one or both the ears
  • Deafness in one or both the ears ranging from moderate to severe
  • If you score falls below 50% in sentence recognition test done by the hearing professionals in the ear to be implanted.

If your score falls below 60% in sentence recognition test done by the hearing professionals in both hears with hearing-aid.

About the author

Best ent doctor hyderabad | Dr.GVK Chaitanya Rao

Dr. Chaitanya Rao, Managing director at Dr. Rao’s ENT group of hospitals has 10 years experience in the field of ENT.

His special areas of interest include Nose & sinus surgeries, Otology, Snoring and sleep apnea surgeries. During his Post-graduation itself he was invited as a visiting physician to House Institute of Medical sciences, Los Angeles; Rhinology and Anterior skull base unit, Ohio State University Medical Centre, Columbus, Ohio and University of Michigan from where he picked up his skills.

He plays a key role (Course Director & co-ordinator) in giving hands on training to around 150 ENT surgeons every year from all around the world for initiating and improving their ENT surgical skills as a part of Hyderabad ENT Research Foundation initiatives.

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