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Is it possible for an older deaf person to hear again with a cochlear implant?

Is it possible for an older deaf person to hear again with a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implant: Absolutely. Our oldest patient was 99. And she did really nicely with that. It is more a function of cognitive ability and medical condition, not chronological age. ...Read more

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Dr. Jed Kwartler
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Cochlear Implant (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is it difficult for a child with cochlear implants?

Is it difficult for a child with cochlear implants?

Adjustment: The younger the child gets implanted, the easier it is to adjust, young kids brains are still "learning" to hear if you will and therefore exploring making noise and acquiring language. Older kids have to re-learn many concepts but at the end of the day it is a great technology and a unique opportunity to see and hear the world a different way if you are hearing impaired. ...Read more

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How rare is it for a patient with cochlear implants to acquire cholesteatoma?

How rare is it for a patient with cochlear implants to acquire cholesteatoma?

Rare: Assuming you have regular follow up with your ENT surgeon, it would be rare for cholesteatoma to occur in a cochlear implant patient. Most ear surgeons will make sure this risk is very low and manageable prior to the surgery. However, the level of risk of cholesteatoma is relatively the same in a implant vs non-implant patient. ...Read more

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What is it like to wear a hearing aid or have a cochlear implant?

What is it like to wear a hearing aid or have a cochlear implant?

Hearing: Not sure exactly what you are asking. Both are comfortable and enhance ability to hear things you otherwise couldn't without them. But neither are as good at filtering sound in noisy situations as are our own ears. Hearing aids may have feedback or an echo quality to your own voice. Implants don't but are for people whose hearing aids don't help them anymore. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to successfully have their tubes untied?

Is it possible for a person to successfully have their tubes untied?

Yes, often: In many cases yes, it depends on how your tubes were tied, among other things. A gynecologist or fertility specialist can help with this. ...Read more

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Can there be any door bells on the market with a louder db that would assist a person who is partially deaf?

Can there be any door bells on the market with a louder db that would assist a person who is partially deaf?

Not medical question: If you have a moderate loss of hearing, and you need a door bell that is louder, then you have to ask either an acoustical engineer to measure the decibels that are produced by a specific door bell. This is really not a medical question. Also your audiologist can determine how loud your door bell needs to be to allow you to hear it. ...Read more

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I know tinnitus is a sign. But how often is tinnitus a foreshadow of total hearing loss? If that's around the corner, I want to be mentally ready. :(

I know tinnitus is a sign. But how often is tinnitus a foreshadow of total hearing loss? If that's around the corner, I want to be mentally ready. :(

No relationship : Tinnitus does not in any way project the severity or progression of hearing loss. The two are not related in this way. Hearing typically degrades very slowly over time. The average person loses 5 to 10 dB of hearing per decade from the age of 30 onwards. You're not going to lose your hearing soon. Do you see in ENT for an exam and full audiometry. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have hearing loss even if you test as borderline in a hearing test? I have a really hard time hearing people talk.

Is it possible to still have hearing loss even if you test as borderline in a hearing test? I have a really hard time hearing people talk.

Sure thing: This is simply an example of how your knowledge of what's wrong with your body is more accurate than a machine's. The only problem with YOU is your inability to give your doctor a READOUT or show him a meter with an actual number. Therefore, the only he can document that is concrete is what the machine detects. Come back in 6 months and the machine will likely "hear you" more clearly. ...Read more

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Should a deaf person get cochlear implants or should live without it?

Tough question: Much of the deaf community is against cochlear implants, possible because they feel they to not have a deficit needing correcting. It seems most people who get them receive dramatic benefit. ...Read more

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Is it possible to hear with a perforated eardrum ?

Is it possible to hear with a perforated eardrum ?

Yes: Hearing would generally be diminished significantly with a perforation. It could be determined very quickly at any pcps office or at an urgent care if you have a perforation, by looking in the ear canal with an otoscope. ...Read more

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If someone got an abortion is it possible for that person to have pregnancy complications in the future?

If someone got an abortion is it possible for that person to have pregnancy complications in the future?

Very Unlikely: Modern abortion care does not effect a womans ability to conceive or carry a pregnancy. Some doctors still believe that abortions in the presence of infection may lead to scar tissue in the uterus, but today this is so rare it is almost non-existant. Most complicated pregnancies have to do with prematurity or blood pressure problems which have nothing to do with a prior abortion. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a kidney transplant person to be around a person with mrsa?

Is it safe for a kidney transplant person to be around a person with mrsa?

Avoid: Avoid that person since your immunity is depressed and you do not want to get that infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to make a permanent partial denture for a person who still has damaged teeth left?

Is it possible to make a permanent partial denture for a person who still has damaged teeth left?

What's best?: Anything is possible. Doing the right or best thing is a different story.Getting advice over the internet in these cases is the least sensible way to approach the problem.You need to have a dentist actually examine you, take a complete set of x-rays, & then sit down with you to discuss all treatment options, prognosis of each, pros & cons, etc. Then you can make an intelligent & informed decision. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


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