Cochlear Implants

Significant hearing loss considerably affects the ability to communicate with friends, family, coworkers and those in the community. For those who suffer from significant hearing loss and hearing aids are unable to effectively assist with hearing, a cochlear implant may be a valuable option.

A cochlear implant is an implantable device that takes the place of the damaged hearing organ and stimulates the auditory (hearing) nerve directly. It requires a surgical procedure to insert the internal cochlear implant component. Following surgery, an external processing unit must be worn on the ear to access sound. A cochlear implant does not restore hearing to normal; however, it provides clear access to all the sounds of speech. The process of learning to listen with the new input provided by a cochlear implant takes time, patience and extensive practice.

The Food and Drug Administration has created guidelines regarding the candidacy for cochlear implantation. An extensive medical evaluation, Ear Nose and Throat evaluation and audiological evaluation are necessary to determine candidacy. Candidacy must be determined in order to proceed with cochlear implantation and is required by insurance companies to ensure coverage. Please contact this office should you have any further questions.

Services: Ear, Nose & Throat Services, Head and Neck Surgery, Allergy Testing and Treatment, Audiological Testing, Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implant Services

Posted in News, May 9th, 2016, 0 Comments | Dawn Schackel

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Sudden Hearing Loss

A sudden change in hearing is a troubling experience. For those with a sudden change in hearing, time can be of the essence and they should be seen by a medical provider as soon as possible. Waiting to see if the loss will go away on its own can result in a permanent hearing loss. Those who are seen within the first 24 to 48 hours of hearing loss have significantly greater success in the recovery of hearing.

A sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) usually occurs over several hours and may vary in the severity. It may have associated dizziness, ear fullness and/or ringing in the ear prior to the loss. These associated symptoms may continue or gradually subside. SSHL most often affects only one ear but could affect both.  It is seen in both men and women equally.

A thorough medical examination by a primary care physician should be completed to rule out those hearing losses that can be easily treated. If there are no obvious signs of cause, a referral to an Otolaryngologist (ENT) is crucial.

The earlier the treatment is initiated, the greater chance for a successful outcome.

Please contact this office should you have any further questions.

 

Services:  Ear, Nose & Throat Services, Head and Neck Surgery, Allergy Testing and Treatment, Audiological Testing, Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implant Services

 

 

 

 

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  • Hearing Aids & Corrective Surgery – Audiological services, hearing aids, Baha implants, Cochlear implants & corrective surgery or certain types of hearing loss.
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Posted in News, January 26th, 2012, 1 Comments | Jim Batchelder