Auditory Brain - Stem Implantation
People who face hearing loss either by birth (with no nerve of hearing) or have lost the hearing power due to some ailment (Usually tumour near the hearing nerve) or accident, often opt for the brain-stem Implantation. The Auditory Brain-stem implant is placed in the brain in a complex neurosurgery. Although, it does not bring back or generate the hearing power it does help the patient in sensing the sound and comprehending a sentence by lip-reading.
What is Auditory Brain-stem Implant?
It is an electronic device placed in the brain of a patient who is deaf. The implant generates a sense of sound which aids a patient in reacting and comprehending the surroundings.
Does the procedure retain hearing?
It only helps in sending sound signals to the brain and does not revive or create hearing activity. It helps a person in lip-reading and understanding other’s speech.