Hearing loss is a substantial condition that affects millions of people worldwide. To combat hearing loss, many people receive cochlear implants. These devices have been FDA-approved for over 30 years and can be used in both adults and children. Cochlear implants could help patients to hear more clearly. At NYHD, we understand that each patient has different symptoms and concerns about hearing loss. We will help to recommend the best treatment for hearing loss in order to make your life easier.
Cochlear implants are surgically implanted medical devices approved by the FDA to treat hearing loss. This solution works for people of all ages with moderate-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss (nerve hearing loss). People with nerve hearing loss receive limited benefits from the use of hearing aids so they can only hear parts of a conversation. Cochlear implants can improve hearing so patients can hear a conversation more fully. These implants have been approved for use in children as young as 12 months old.
These surgically implanted devices operate using two components: an external part and an internal part. These two components are coupled with the use of a powerful magnet.
The external component contains a microphone, a speech processor, and a transmitter. The speech processor and microphone are contained in a small unit that looks like a hearing aid. A small wire will link this to the transmitter. This microphone picks up acoustic sounds and sends it to the speech processor. The processor will then send the message to the transmitter which codes the signals and send them to the implanted receiver.
The internal component includes a receiver. This is located under the skin on the temporal bone. The receiver will collect signals from the transmitter and converts them into electrical pulses. These electrodes stimulate the auditory nerve throughout a portion of the cochlea. The brain interprets these signals as sound.
Why are high frequency sounds typically the first to go in hearing loss?
High-frequency hearing loss is a condition where people have difficulty hearing sounds between the 2,000 to 8,000 Hertz range. This means that certain high-frequency verbal sounds like ‘s’, ‘h’, or ‘f’, (the consonants) are more…
There are two different sound processor wearing options. These are built to fit different lifestyle needs and preferences.
This is an off-the-ear option. The sound information is transferred to the implant just under the skin.
This is the behind-the-ear option. The sound information is transferred to the implant through a coil just under the skin.
Your NYHD specialist will recommend the best cochlear implant type for you based on your personal preferences and lifestyle.
Adults and children with nerve hearing loss can be candidates for cochlear implants. If you or your child get little-to-no benefit from regular hearing aids, then the cochlear implant could be lifechanging. To find out how these devices could benefit you, contact the specialists at NYHD to learn more about cochlear implants.
To learn more about cochlear implants and how they could be beneficial contact our Doctors of Audiology at our New York City office. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (212) 774-1971 or fill out our online form.