What is a cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to send sound signals to the brain. cochlear implants have helped over one hundred thousand people hear again or for the first time.
Who can they help?
Cochlear implants can help children who:
How do they work?
Many people suffer hearing loss because they have damage to hair cells in the inner ear or (or cochlea). If some hearing nerves still work, a cochlear implant can allow you to hear.
What are the benefits of a cochlear implant?
Many parents of children with cochlear implants report that their child:
What factors can affect hearing outcomes?
Hearing is uniquely different for everyone - like a fingerprint. There are many factors that can affect how well your child will hear and talk with a cochlear implant. These include:
What is a bone conduction implant?
Most people with hearing loss use standard hearing aids which make sounds louder and send them through the ear canal and middle ear to the inner ear (cochlea) where the hearing nerves are but some people may not be able to hear via this process. There may be problems with the outer or middle ear, or one ear may not function at all. In these instances, sound needs to take a different path to the inner ear in order to bypass these hearing roadblocks and thatís where bone conduction plays such a vital role.
For people with outer or middle ear trouble, or who are deaf in one ear, a bone conduction implant such as Baha, is the most effective way to provide hearing.Instead of trying to send sound through the damaged part of the ear, a bone conduction implant uses the bodyís natural ability to send sound through bone, bypassing the outer and middle ear completely. The result is a clean, clear sound without the distortion or feedback often associated with standard hearing aids.
Who can they help?
Bone conduction implants can help children with:
Unlike other hearing implants, a Baha can be trialled before making the decision to proceed with surgery. The sound processor is connected to a test band, test rod or Baha Softband, allowing your child to instantly experience hearing via the Baha system. As a parent, you too can trial Baha to experience the quality of sound your child will be hearing.