Cochlear Implant Surgery in C-scheme, Jaipur
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that sits behind your ear. It electrically stimulates the cochlear nerve to aid hearing. This implant has external and inner parts. The external part of the implant picks up sounds with a microphone. It then processes and transmits the audio to the internal part of the implant. The internal part of the implant sits under the skin behind the ear. A thin wire leads to the cochlea. The wire sends signals to the cochlear nerve that triggers the brain to produce hearing sensation.
How is the procedure performed at Apollo Spectra, Jaipur?
Before the surgery, the doctors at Apollo Spectra, Jaipur will give you anaesthetic medication to put you in a sleep-like state during the whole procedure.
- The surgeon will make an incision behind the ear and then open the mastoid bone.
- Then the surgeon will create an opening between the facial nerves to access the cochlea and insert the implanted electrode into it.
- The surgeon will place a receiver under the skin, behind the ear.
- The wound is then closed.
The whole procedure takes about two hours, and then you are discharged.
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What are the benefits of a Cochlear implant?
A cochlear implant can be life-changing for people who have severe hearing problems. Some benefits of a cochlear implant include:
- You will be able to hear speech ordinarily.
- You may be able to hear speech without having to lip-read.
- You will be able to talk over the phone and hear the TV.
- You may understand different types of sounds, including soft, medium, and loud ones.
- You can verbally express yourself for others to understand you better.
What are the risks involved with a Cochlear implant?
Some risks involved with a cochlear implant include:
- Injury to the facial nerve. - Facial nerves lie close to the place where the surgeon needs to place the implant. An injury can cause temporary or permanent damage on the same side as the implant.
- Meningitis- It is an infection on the lining of the surface of the brain.
- Cerebrospinal fluid leakage. - A hole created in the inner ear may make the fluid that surrounds the brain leak.
- Perilymph fluid leak- A hole created in the inner ear may make the fluid inside the cochlea leak.
- The wound can cause infection.
- Surroundings of the ear can become numb.
Who are the candidates for a Cochlear implant?
You are a candidate for a Cochlear implant if you show the following symptoms;
- Experience inner hearing loss.
- Have trouble understanding speech while wearing hearing aids.
- Are motivated enough and have a support system that can help your loved ones understand speech.
- For children who have hearing loss severe enough that hearing aids are not enough.
Candidates should understand that after a Cochlear implant, they must undergo activation, programming, and rehabilitation.
Generally, Cochlear implant surgery takes about two hours. The surgery is outpatient and performed under anaesthetic medication. A Cochlear implant surgery is generally safe but like any other surgery, it involves some risks. However, patients can go back to their desk-type job within 1-2 weeks of the surgery.
Cochlear implants work differently. For some people, hearing aids may work better to treat impaired hearing. However, the advancement of hearing loss can make it difficult to hear and understand speech even when using hearing aids. Here is when a Cochlear implant may be a more effective solution than hearing aids to provide access to clearer sound. Research shows that over 90% of Cochlear implant patients experienced improved speech understanding compared to a hearing aid.
No, the Cochlear implant is supposed to come off before sleeping, or else it can get damaged. Experts recommend that you take your device off before going off to sleep.