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.

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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...

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

Cochlear Implant. Cochlear implants can help in certain types of hearing loss. An evaluation of the deaf person would be required to know if it would help. Age is not the determining factor except for risks that come with any type of procedure. Consult a specialist to determine the possibility of success. Read more...
Usually. If the person had reasonably good hearing at a younger age and developed good speech they are usually a good candidate for a cochlear implant. Advanced age is not a contraindications for implantation. Read more...
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...

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...
Not a quick answer. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195958/ Please refer to this article in an ever changing world of such indications. The procedure comes with risks, side effects, failure, loss of anatomy and hearing loss too. I would talk to a well trained ENT specialist and be counselled before this procedure. Read more...

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...
Deafness. Almost any cause of deafness ( infections, genetic, inflammatory, age, noise) can be treated with ci as long as the cochlear nerve is intact, there is good brain/cognitive function, and the cochlea has not ossified or filled with bone/scar tissue. Read more...
All causes&profound. It is indicated for severe to profound hearing loss due to congenital deafness due to gene defect dut to infections, like meningitis, congenital cmv, rubella, syphylis, toxoplasmosis, mumps and measles toxicity to meds trauma noise induced hearing loss hearing loss due to aging auditory neuropathy elevated bilirubin in new born. Read more...

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...

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

It has big potential. Depending on several factors, a cochlear implant will help restore functional hearing to most recipients. To find out more, you should schedule a cochlear implant evaluation with your nearest cochelar implant center. Read more...
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...

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...