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Dr. Jed Kwartler
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Cochlear Implant (Overview)

A medical device that is implanted surgically through the bone behind the ear in patients who have lost their hearing or were born with severe to profound hearing loss. The device is inserted within the inner ear to bypass the malfunctioning cells that normally convey sound to the brain. The device hears for the patient and sends electric impulses that conveyssound perception to the damaged ear.


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Who gets a cochlear implant?

Who gets a cochlear implant?

Varies: Presently, the major indication for a cochlear implant is bilateral total deafness. However, in some centers otologic surgeons are performing this surgery for unilateral total deafness if the state or the insurance companies will cover the cost. Recently i read that it has been considered for severe incapacitating tinnitus but that i feel is too early to consider as a reliable procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Jed Kwartler
51 doctors shared insights

Cochlear Implant (Overview)

A medical device that is implanted surgically through the bone behind the ear in patients who have lost their hearing or were born with severe to profound hearing loss. The device is inserted within the inner ear to bypass the malfunctioning cells that normally convey sound to the brain. The device hears for the patient and sends electric impulses that conveyssound perception to the damaged ear.


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Websites on a cochlear implant?

Several: www.cochlear.com www.Advancedbionics.Com www.Medel.Com these manufacturers web sites provide much basic information about cochlear implants and how they work. ...Read more

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What's the disadvantage of the cochlear implant?

Cochlear implant : For someone who meets the accepted candidacy criteria for an implant it is an excellent option to restore an ability to hear and communicate effectively. Risks of surgery are low. Some limitation in getting future MRI scans. ...Read more

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What kind of batteries are used for cochlear implant?

Batteries: 675p batteries. Though check with your audiologist who can recommend best brand for your particular implant. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get a cochlear implant?

Depends: Evaluation may involve appointment with physicians and audio logic evaluation. Usually need CT scan or MRI to evaluate inner ear. If a candidate, my require authorization from insurance company. Surgery as outpatient 1-2 hours. ...Read more

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What are the worst parts of wearing a cochlear implant?

What are the worst parts of wearing a cochlear implant?

Can hear too much: By the time someone needs a cochlear implants there are not many drawbacks. You cannot hear without the device, but probably did not hear very much before the device was implanted. Probably biggest drawback is that most people recommend not getting a MRI if you needed one with the cochlear implant in place because of the magnet that is implanted. The magnet can be removed if necessary. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cochlear implant?

Cochlear implant: A medical device that is implanted surgically through the bone behind the ear in patients who have lost their hearing or were born with severe to profound hearing loss. The device is inserted within the inner ear to bypass the malfunctioning cells that normally convey sound to the brain. The device hears for the patient and sends electric impulses that conveyssound perception to the damaged ear. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it feels like getting cochlear implant?

Can you tell me what it feels like getting cochlear implant?

Patients can: www.cochlear.com www.Advancedbionics.Com www.Medel.Com these manufacturers web sites provide much basic information about cochlear implants and how they work, as well as user groups discussions that allow you to discuss other patients personal experiences. ...Read more

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What are the pros and the cons of getting a cochlear implant?

What are the pros and the cons of getting a cochlear implant?

Many pros, few cons: Pros. Hear better Cons. Cannot have an MRI scan easily with a cochlear implant. You may have to hear things that you don't want to hear. The advantages so far outway the disadvantages. There is almost no reason not to implant in a child or adult that qualifies for this technology. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more