Cochlear Implant Surgery
Bedecked with latest technology and experienced doctors, the ENT Department at BLK Super Speciality Hospital offers Cochlear Implant surgery helps in providing sense of sounds to a person suffering from total or partial hear loss. Hearing loss is not only disturbing for a person but also for his/her loved ones. Complications at birth, Genetic disorders, chronic ear infections, & exposure to excessive noise, ageing or any infectious disease can cause hearing disability.
The implant sends electric signals by picking up sound from the microphone to the brain by stimulating the cochlear nerve & creating a sense of sound. Cochlear Implant is an electronic device which is placed behind the ear to induce the process of hearing. The device do not revive or create 100% hearing but is quite helpful in creating a sense of sound with sound processor which is present on the outside of the skin.
The cochlear device is surgically inserted behind the ear of a patient & is conducted under general anaesthesia. The surgery is an open surgery wherein the cochlear implant bypasses the normal hearing process.
The surgery is usually conducted on children who are born with hearing disability or face hearing loss due to some ailment/accident. Your doctor will conduct multiple tests before suggesting a surgery for Cochlear implants.
Post-op care is extremely important in order to avoid any further infection. After the surgery, hearing is a new development for patients with total hear loss, hence it would take some time for them to get adapted to the new environment. Therapy from Speech-language pathologists and audiologists is required for the learning process.
ContraindicationThere is a possibility of developing infections like mastoiditis, otitis. There is also a danger of shifting of the implanted device in certain cases. Damage to facial nerve is also one of the risks involved.