Cochlear Implants

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A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that
replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike
hearing aids, cochlear implants do the work of damaged
parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to
the brain.

* Microphone - Picks up sound from the environment
* Speech processor - Selects and arranges sounds picked up
by the microphone
* Transmitter and receiver - Receive signals from the
speech processor and convert them into electric impulses
* Electrode array - Collects the impulses from the
stimulator and sends them to different regions of the
auditory nerve

Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and
directly stimulate the auditory nerve. Signals generated by
the implant are sent by way of the auditory nerve to the
brain, which recognizes the signals as sound.

Children and adults with significant hearing loss who are
not able to gain adequate hearing from hearing aids may
benefit from a cochlear implant.

* Improved ease of listening
* Increased confidence in social situations and in the
workplace
* Increased ease of listening over distances
* Greater appreciation of music
* Children implanted at an early age develop speech and
language
* Some people with a cochlear implant are able to use the
telephone.

* How long the patient has been deaf
* How old they were when they became deaf
* How old they were when they got the cochlear implant
* How long they have used the implant
* How quickly they learn
* Intelligence and communicativeness of patient

* Many understand speech without lip-reading
* Many can make telephone calls
* Many can watch TV more easily
* Some can enjoy music and some may enjoy the sound of
certain instruments

If you would like to know if you would benefit from a
Cochlear implant, call The Art of Hearing to arrange an
appointment and a comprehensive assessment.

Address : 2/2 Ecko Rd, Mt Nasura
Armadale WA 6112, Australia
Phone: (08) 9390-8811
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.artofhearing.com.au