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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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Epilepsy has made me totaly deaf and e.N.T won't give me hearing aids as they won't work as it's to do with the brain would a cochlear implant work?

Depends: It really depends on the level of hearing loss and the specifics of your audiogram. If you are profoundly deaf, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. Some people who can't benefit from cochlear implants, can get a brainstem implant. You need to see a neurotolologist, a sub-specialist of the ENT field. ...Read more

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How good is a unilateral cochlear implant in the case of total hearing loss?

Cochlear implant: Still considered experimental and an off label use of the device. It is quite effective at suppressing tinnitus but more difficult to balance the hearing quality. Also, insurance may not cover this indication. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of deafness can be treated with a cochlear implant?

What are the possible causes of deafness can be treated with a cochlear implant?

Multiple: This is a huge question. I'll try... Most deafness is either after an infectious illness or simply developmental, meaning ear structures or conducting nerves didn't form right. Viruses or overwhelming bacterial infections as an infant can cause deafness, especially cmv. For malformed structures, a cochlear implant can be a great good, especially if the issues are genetic. An ENT can help. ...Read more

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What are some of the causes of deafness in children that can be treated with a cochlear implant?

What are some of the causes of deafness in children that can be treated with a cochlear implant?

Multiple causes: Genetic, malformation of the inner ear, infection, and exposure to toxic medications may all cause hearing loss. If a hearing nerve is present on imaging studies, all of these hearing losses, if severe, may be treated with a cochlear implant. ...Read more

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What are 6 ways a bionic ear (cochlear implant) can improve a deaf persons quality of life?

What are 6 ways a bionic ear (cochlear implant) can improve a deaf persons quality of life?

Why 6 ways?: A cochlear implant is a device that is most often implanted when a person has bilateral profound or complete hearing loss. The quality of life that will be improved with a successful outcome, is that you will hear and understand language. It is not bionic, but a magnetic device connected to the inner ear via a wire. Sound energy will convert the inner ear via the wire to electrical impulses. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get the cochlear implants if 100% deaf in both ears and don't usually wear hearing aids everyday?

Please tell me, could i get the cochlear implants if 100% deaf in both ears and don't usually wear hearing aids everyday?

Depends: If you had hearing when younger, or used hearing aids in the past, you may be good candidate to consider cochlear implant. See ENT doctor for further testing ...Read more

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Docs, wanted to know if I can get the cochlear implants if 100% deaf in both ears and don't usually wear hearing aids everyday?

Docs, wanted to know if I can get the cochlear implants if 100% deaf in both ears and don't usually wear hearing aids everyday?

Cochlear Implants: You may be a candidate for cochlear implants. You would need to be evaluated by an implant center which would include hearing/speech evaluations. Additionally you would need to wear hearing aids for 3 months as part of the process. Medical evaluations would then be completed, including an MRI or CT of your ears. ...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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I was born w/scar tissue in my ears causing hearing loss.would cochlear implants help at all with hearing?

I was born w/scar tissue in my ears causing hearing loss.would cochlear implants help at all with hearing?

Probably not: Cochlear implants are replacements of the nerve endings where you have CONDUCTION problems. STAPES IMMOBILIZATION may help you! SEE AN ENT (*EAR NOSE THROAT) Specialist! Hope this helps Dr Z ...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