Cochlear Implant Surgery
When a person loses his/her hearing, it is not only agonising for that person, but also for his/her loved ones. There can be a number of reasons for hearing loss which may include complications at birth, genetic disorders, chronic ear infections, and exposure to excessive noise, ageing or any infectious disease. BLK ENT Department offers Cochlear Implant surgery which helps in providing a sense of sound to a person with total or partial hear loss.
What is Cochlear Implant?
Cochlear Implant is an electronic device which is placed behind the ear. The device does not retain or create 100% hearing but assists in creating a sense of sound with the sound processor which are present on the outside of the skin. The implant sends electric signals by picking up sound from the microphone to the brain by stimulating the cochlear nerve and creating a sense of sound.
How is the Cochlear device implanted?
The cochlear device is surgically implanted behind the ear of a patient and is conducted under gen-eral anaesthesia. The surgery is an open surgery wherein the cochlear implant bypasses the normal hearing process.
How does a doctor ascertain if a patient requires Cochlear Implant?
A team of doctor conducts multiple tests before suggesting a surgery for Cochlear implants. The surgery is usually conducted on children who are born with hearing disability or face hearing loss due to some ailment/accident.
What kind of Post-Op care is required?
A lot of care is required post the surgery as hearing is a new development for patients with total hear loss. Therapy from Speech-language pathologists and audiologists is required for the learning process.
Are there any risks involved?
There is a risk of developing infections like mastoiditis, otitis. There is also a risk of shifting of the implanted device in certain cases. Damage to facial nerve is also one of the risks.