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What is a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant differs greatly from more typical hearing solutions, such as a hearing aid. Here’s a succinct overview.

Unlike conventional hearing aids, worn in the ear, cochlear implants are made up of two components, one is a device implanted surgically. The implant bypasses the normal acoustic hearing pathway, replacing it with electrical signals. These are fed directly to the cochlear, stimulating the auditory nerve. The brain perceives these signals as sound.

The second component is the external component, known as the processor, of a cochlear implant system include a sound processor and headpiece, which is easily removed. To remain discreet, the colour of the processor can match an individual’s hair. The internal parts of the system – inserted during surgery and not visible – are called the implant and the electrode array.

The external components capture speech, music and environmental sounds. They are processed then transmitted to the implant. Individual electrodes pass these signals to the brain, as outlined above.

Due to NHS funding for adults, cochlear implants will often only be fitted inside one ear. If the patient experiences hearing loss in the other ear also, a hearing aid may still be worn. The implant itself can work with certain hearing aids, to help maintain spatial hearing awareness. Newer technology even allows the wearer to stream music and phone calls directly to the hearing aid and cochlear implant. Second cochlear implants are available privately, if the non-implanted ear degrades beyond the help of a traditional device.

The benefits of angli-EAR Hearing’s cochlear implant services include:

  • Reduced waiting times, with faster diagnosis and referral
  • A discreet device that can be easily hidden
  • Quick surgery, with minimal downtime
  • Options for a second implant for those that already have one implant and would benefit from a second implant for the other side
  • Processor upgrades
  • Postoperative care, support and aural rehabilitation from experts
  • All related hearing services are available in one clinic
  • Multiple audiologists, offering many years of experience

To find out whether a cochlear implant may be beneficial for you, we’ll need to carry out a Full Diagnostic Assessment, priced at £80.

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