Cochlear implants, also called bionic ears, restore the hearing for individuals who are deaf, who can no longer be helped with hearing aids and who have sensorineural hearing loss.
Conventional hearing aids make the sound carried to the ear louder and reinforce the ability to hear. Cochlear implants, on the other hand, solve the problem in turning the sounds that reach to the ear into a signal due to a neural problem.
In a healthy individual, the sound that reaches to the ear is transmitted to the middle ear through the external acoustic canal. The sound waves reach the tympanic membrane in the middle ear, making the three small bones in middle ear oscillate.
Those movements form a pressure wave and they are transmitted into the inner ear; next, the wave reaches the structure called cochlea in the inner ear. The cochlear cells convert these pressure waves to electric signals and transmit them to the brain through the auditory nerve.
Cochlear implant is a quite effective and comfortable method of treating hearing loss caused by a failure in this mechanism.
Basically, a cochlear implant consists of three pieces: a microphone functioning as the ear, an implant that converts the sounds into a signal and electrodes that carry the signals produced by the implant.
The most suitable candidates of bionic ear are newborn infants and children with hearing loss and adults suffering severe hearing loss due to impaired nerve conduction.
The advantages of this device will be limited for individuals with underdeveloped language and speech.
Healing of surgical wound takes approximately a month after the processor part and electrodes of cochlear implant are surgically placed. Next, the microphone of cochlear implant is fixed to the skin immediately behind the ear and adjustments are made for the patient.
The cochlear implant is used by the patient lifelong.
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