Question: Is A Cochlear Implant Better Than A Hearing Aid?

What are the advantages of having a cochlear implant?


Hearing improvement: Cochlear implants can improve hearing and speech perception for your child.

People with cochlear implants may still use lip reading and sign language to enhance speech perception and communication..

Why you should not get a cochlear implant?

The standard surgical risks of a cochlear implant are all quite rare. These include: bleeding, infection, device malfunction, facial nerve weakness, ringing in the ear, dizziness, and poor hearing result. One long-term risk of a cochlear implant is meningitis (infection of the fluid around the brain).

Can your body reject a cochlear implant?

During cochlear implant surgery, a flap of skin and tissue is lifted where the device will be inserted. For some patients, the skin can become infected after surgery. In addition, the body may simply reject the implant or the receiver can extrude from the skin.

Who can benefit from a cochlear implant?

Who can benefit from a cochlear implant? A cochlear implant is recommended for adults and children suffering from sensorineural single-sided or bilateral hearing loss who are unable to communicate effectively with a hearing aid.

What is the difference between a hearing aid and a cochlear implant?

Hearing aids amplify sounds so they may be detected by damaged ears. Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. … Hearing through a cochlear implant is different from normal hearing and takes time to learn or relearn.

What are the disadvantages of cochlear implants?

What are the disadvantages and risks of cochlear implants?Nerve damage.Dizziness or balance problems.Hearing loss.Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)Leaks of the fluid around the brain.Meningitis, an infection of the membranes around the brain. It’s a rare but serious complication. Get vaccinated to lower your risk.

How painful is cochlear implant surgery?

The implant may make a small bump under the skin behind your ear. Your hair may cover the scar, the bump, and the device worn outside your ear. You may have mild to moderate pain in and around your ear and have a headache for a few days. You may have some popping or clicking in your ear and feel dizzy.

Can you sleep with cochlear implant?

No. The implant is likely to come off during sleep, and it could get damaged. It is recommended that you remove the device prior to going to bed.

Who is a good candidate for cochlear implants?

Adult candidates are generally eligible for an implant if they: Have severe or profound hearing loss in both ears. Get little or no benefit from hearing aids. Have no medical problems that could put them at risk during surgery.

What type of hearing loss requires a hearing aid?

Hearing aids are primarily useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing loss that results from damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, called hair cells. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural hearing loss.

Can you use a hearing aid with a cochlear implant?

A cochlear implant user may report that the sound quality of speech or music does not sound “natural.” Therefore, sound quality can often be enhanced with the addition of a hearing aid to the non-implanted ear.

Can you wash your hair with a cochlear implant?

After you remove the bandage, wash the incision daily with warm, soapy water, and pat dry. You should be able to shower and wash your hair one week after surgery unless instructed otherwise. Keep water out of your ear.

What type of hearing loss do cochlear implants help?

A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who has a severe or profound hearing loss. A cochlear implant does not cure deafness or hearing impairment, but is a prosthetic substitute which directly stimulates the cochlea.

How long do cochlear implants last?

At Texas Children’s we have implanted as young as 8 months of age for medical reasons and only if approved by insurance. How long does a cochlear implant last? Will there ever need to be a replacement? The surgically implanted device is meant to last a lifetime.

What level of hearing loss requires a cochlear implant?

Here are some general qualifications you need to have: Children 12-24 months old need to have profound sensorineural hearing loss. Children 2-17 years old need to have severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Individuals 18+ should have moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss.