Treatment for Profound Hearing Loss

giftarist By giftarist, 17th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In situations of profound hearing loss, cochlear implants - devices that help compensate for damaged or nonworking parts of the inner ear - may be an option to consider.

Profound Hearing Loss Remedy

In situations of profound hearing loss, cochlear implants - devices that help compensate for damaged or nonworking parts of the inner ear - may be an option to consider. Cochlear implants have improved dramatically in the last several years. If your hearing loss is severe enough that hearing aids provide limited benefit, you may be a candidate for this type of technology.

A cochlear implant isn't the same as a hearing aid. Hearing aids amplify sounds so that they can be better detected. Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and provide direct stimulation to the auditory nerve.

Regardless of the manufacturer or brand, cochlear implants basically operate in the same way. The speech processor has a microphone that picks up sounds, connects them to electrical signals, and delivers the sound across the skin by way of a radio-frequency signal to the internal device called a stimulator. The stimulator transmits the signals through a tiny bundle of wires that are threaded into the cochlea. Electrodes attached to the wires activate nerve fibers in the cochlea by emitting an electrical "pulse" directly to the auditory nerve. The auditory nerve carries the signal to the brain, which interprets it as a form of hearing.

The degree to which cochlear implants can improve hearing varies. However, most adults are able to:
Hear softer sounds
Recognize normal, everyday sounds
Lip-read more easily
Achieve higher levels of speech perception
Understand conversation in quiet environments
Talk on the telephone

The sounds people hear with cochlear implants are initially different from normal hearing or even hearing with a hearing aid. However, over a period of about three to six months, the sounds become more natural and your ability to understand speech improves.

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Cochlea, Cochlear Implants, Electrical Pulse, Electrical Signals, Electrodes, Hearing Aid, Inner Ear, Internal Device, Profound Hearing Loss, Radio Frequency, Speech Processor, Stimulator, Treatment

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author avatar muthusamy
21st Feb 2011 (#)

Informative and educative article.

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author avatar BoyOfTheEnders
25th Feb 2011 (#)

I would love to see this to it's completion and advancement.
Imagine the applications and possibilities.
Music in my head all day... Hands free everything
Epically cyberpunk IMO

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2nd Mar 2011 (#)


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author avatar Denise O
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Now this is just down right cool. Thank you for bringing it to us. Nice writng.
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author avatar Veena madaan
25th Apr 2011 (#)

Informative. But want 2 know.about. Best places. 4trasplant

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