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Cochlear Implant: Symptoms, Types, Procedure, Surgery, India

Cochlear Implant Symptoms

  • 2021-04-26

Get detailed information about Cochlear Implant Symptoms, Types, before and after the procedure, treatment or surgery in India.

Cochlear Implant Symptoms

If a person had a normal hearing capacity but because of some causes, the hearing normally can get affected. In such cases, a patient will feel symptoms like

Difficulty in hearing soft voices like children’s voices

One has to make efforts in hearing the car’s signal, birds chirping.

Frequently need to ask others to repeat the sentences. Feels others are mumbling or whispering.

The person feels the need to raise the volume of television, radio.

Difficulty in participating in conversations in crowded or noisy places

Experiencing buzzing, hissing, or ringing in the ear.

Pain in the ear along with headache.

Talk loudly without realizing it

Sudden deafness

If there is a congenital defect in the ear function then the symptoms are already present and there might be complete deafness.

Cochlear Implant Treatment

Antibiotics can treat hearing loss due to infections.

The removal of ear wax will reverse the hearing loss caused by a blockage.

Surgery might correct hearing loss due to otosclerosis, inflammation, or scar tissue whereas Meniere's disease can also be treated with medications and a different diet.

Hearing loss diagnosis is focused on the extent of the deficit and the underlying pathology as diagnosed. Treatments available include tympanostomy tubes or if perforation exists, tympanoplasty for moderate to serious conductive hearing loss.

Treatment for moderate hearing loss can include the use of hearing aids to minimize hearing loss.

Hearing loss due to non-function cochlear nerve includes Auditory brainstem implant.

Treatment with a cochlear implant:

Hearing loss with the intact cochlear nerve is suitable for cochlear implant treatment.

A cochlear implantation is an effective option for sensorineural hearing loss. Children before 6yr of age are crucial in developing the auditory cortex for sound perception and developing the ability to speak.

Sign language, speech reading, auditory training, deaf education programs for children not qualifying for cochlear implantation should be considered.

Before procedure

Some tests are required on the patient to confirm whether the cochlear implant is appropriate or not. hearing test to determine the level of deafness.

Inspection of the inner, middle, and outer passage of the ear for any inflammation, infection, or abnormality.

Must have an intact auditory nerve.

CT scan to find out if cochlea has a normal shape.

MRI of the skull to assess the condition of the cochlea and inner ear structure.

A trial of hearing devices may also be done.

Physical examination for general anesthesia.

Blood tests for Diabetes, Blood clotting time, and other blood tests to detect. abnormalities that might affect the success of the surgical procedure.

Psychological evaluation to determine if the patient will be able to adapt to the implant.

After procedure

The patient can experience:

Pressure or pain over the inserted ear or ear

Dizziness and nausea

Many patients feel well enough to go back home on the day of surgery or the following day.

An audiologist will not turn on (activate) cochlear implants for around two to six weeks after the operation to allow the surgery site time to recover. Rehabilitation after the procedure:

This is essential after the cochlear or any other ear implant to get the maximum benefit from the implant.

Rehabilitation includes preparing the brain to understand the sounds of the cochlear implant. Speech and day-to-day ambient sounds can sound different from what you recall.

The brain takes time to understand the significance of these sounds. This process is underway and is ideally accomplished by constantly wearing the speech processor during waking hours.

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