A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that serves as an alternative when hearing aids don’t provide sufficient sound clarity for you to understand speech.
Early intervention is crucial especially for children as a cochlear implant may have more benefits the sooner it’s provided for your young ones.
Difference Between Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids
|How it works||• Bypasses the damaged part of the inner ear|
• Transforms sounds into electrical signals that are sent directly to the auditory nerve and on to the brain, where they are heard as sounds
|• Amplifies sounds that would otherwise not be audible to an individual|
• Amplified sounds travel through the outer and middle ear to reach the cochlea and auditory nerve
|Suitable for||Those who do not or cannot benefit from using hearing aids||Mild to profound hearing loss who can benefit from use of hearing aids|
How Does A Cochlear Implant Work
There are two main parts to a cochlear implant: an external part that hooks over the ear and a surgically implanted internal part. These two parts are connected with a powerful magnet.
The external part consists of a sound processor, which picks up sounds and converts them into digital information. The internal part then sends electrical signals to the inner ear where the cochlear nerves are stimulated and information is sent to the brain.
This will hence result in a sense of hearing. Do note that users will have to undergo speech therapy and rehabilitation to learn how to properly interpret these sounds.
Benefits of Cochlear Implant
The benefits will vary according to your rehabilitation process. In general, you’re likely able to:
- Learn how to associate the sounds you remember
- Understand speech without requiring any visual cues
For young children:
- Better hear and understand sound
- Develop language skills at a rate comparable to children with normal hearing
Cochlear Implant Surgery Procedure
You’d be assessed by a Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for cochlear implants.
Examinations are conducted to evaluate your external, middle and internal ear and these include:
- CT (computerised tomography) scan
- MRI (magnetic resonance imagining) scan
Our audiologists will also participate in the assessment to conduct hearing tests, hearing aid trials and an evaluation to determine the potential benefits of the implant and your ability to cope with it.
You’ll be prepared for general anaesthetic and the surgery will take around 2 hours to complete.
The surgery will mostly involve making a small cut behind your ear to place the implant under your skin and insert the electrode into your inner ear.
Once the surgery is completed, you’ll rest and recover for a week before the “switch-on” procedure takes place.
During the “switch-on”, our audiologists will explain how your sound processor works and how to care for it.
We’ll proceed to conduct the tuning and mapping sessions where the right volume and pitch levels will be set for you.
Similar sessions will be scheduled over the next few months to optimise your cochlear implant function.
More information on the usage and care of your device will be provided during your hearing journey.
You’ll also undergo speech therapy to help you understand the sounds heard. Expect regular therapy sessions to happen for at least a year.
Throughout this period, your cochlear device will include a standard warranty that covers you for any maintenance and repair costs.
Why choose Hearing Partners?
Dedicated and reliable
With over a decade of experience in Singapore, we’ve provided hundreds of implant devices and helped people of all ages to lead full and active lives.
We understand the importance of your hearing and hence, we’ll provide you with the support you need through the best solutions possible.
Hearing Partners is managed by Demant, a multi-award winning company and one of the leading companies in hearing healthcare and research worldwide.
Since founded in 1904, we’re passionate about making a difference to the lives of individuals with hearing impairments and we’ll continue to anticipate your needs and innovate.
“Lee Lee is very patient in answering all the queries that my grandpa has and explaining in simple terms so he could understand how to use the hearing aid.”
“I would like to commend Si Hui for going the extra mile for my family and daughter. Top notch customer service with a smile. She is clearly passionate about her job.”
“Audiologist Ms. Soh has been very professional in her analysis and in dispensing advice. She is customer-centric, focused on the needs of her customers and patiently listening to concerns.”
What is the success rate of cochlear implants?
Cochlear implants typically have a high success rate as most patients benefit quickly after the placement of the implant.
However, you’ll be required to attend regular rehabilitation sessions to ensure better fitting of the device and constant improvement of the sound quality.
What are the risks of a cochlear implant surgery?
The surgery is generally safe and complications are usually rare.
However, some potential risks may include:
- Infection at the surgical site
How long do cochlear implants last?
Cochlear implants are meant to last a lifetime. However, as advances in technology develop, you may choose to upgrade your implant by changing the external components.
Rest assured that our team of experts at Hearing Partners will continuously assess your device quality and ensure comfort for you.
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