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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of The Cochlear Implant

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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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At what age is it too late for a child to get a Cochlear implant?

At what age is it too late for a child to get a Cochlear implant?

Depends on loss: If hearing loss is present at birth, implantation would be ideal at 12 months of age. Performance significantly decreases the longer it is to implantation, with many people reluctant to implant after 8-10 years. If the child had hearing and then lost it suddenly, the sooner the better. If hearing loss was gradual, probably could benefit at any time. ...Read more

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Can you please list the most common benefits to having a cochlear implant?

Several: Implants improve awareness of environmental sound localization, understanding closed word sets, and improve understanding when combined when lip reading and other facial cues. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of cochlear implant?

What are the risks and benefits of cochlear implant?

Low risk, better hea: Surgery has relatively little risk.

Benefits include increased volume and increased clarity of sound in almost all adults and children that meet implant criteria ...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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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 is a cochlear implant or bionic ear?

What is a cochlear implant or bionic ear?

Hearing device: A cochlear implant, or bionic ear, is a surgically implantable device that helps the cochlea to transmit sound to the cochlear nerve in severe to profoundly deaf individuals who have failed a trial of traditional amplification methods such as hearing aids. ...Read more

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Should I get a cochlear implant for my right ear; what are the criteria?

Should I get a cochlear implant for my right ear; what are the criteria?

It depends: Typically cochlear implants are usually one used when a person has severe hearing loss in both ears. If you only have hearing loss in one ear a cochlear implants would not typically be used.

There are other options for hearing loss in only one ear. Should see an otolaryngologist (ENT) for further recommendations. ...Read more

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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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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 is the success rate os a cochlear implant?

What is the success rate os a cochlear implant?

Cochlear implant: This will depend on the exact problem being treated. I would ask your team there what there experience has been in patients like you. Or you can go to PUBMED and search there for reports on results in patients like you. ...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?

Rechargeable: Dear sir / madam,

i believe that all 3 cochlear implant manufacturers now offer rechargeable batteries, which make it easier on patients and cheaper as well.

Cochlear implants truly are a miracle, aren't they?! ...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

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Anyone with a child that has a cochlear implant that the child rejected?

Anyone with a child that has a cochlear implant that the child rejected?

Very rare: Thete are a very small amount of people that would have a sensitivity to the coating of the implant, but extremely rare. Some children choose not to use the device because of social or personal reasons, but medical rejection of the device is quite uncommon. ...Read more

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Does a cochlear implant get scarred over and stop working after a certain number of years?

Does a cochlear implant get scarred over and stop working after a certain number of years?

Unlikely: Implants occasionally do require examination and replacement. Seek consultation with qualified otologist/ent surgeon who regularly performs such surgeries. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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