Cochlear implants are surgically implanted assistive devices that can pick up on sound waves within the ear for those who have advanced hearing loss. Although these medical devices cannot fully restore lost hearing, they help individuals understand speech with required speech therapy and rehabilitation.
Who can have Cochlear Implants?
Cochlear implant devices are recommended for anyone who wouldn’t benefit from a hearing aid. Most people won’t find implants as effective as a hearing aid; however, a few groups of people would qualify for cochlear implants instead. These individuals include:
- Young or middle-aged adults with hearing loss from genetics, autoimmune diseases, or other unknown reasons.
- Kids born deaf
- Adults with progressive hearing from noise exposure or old age
What Disadvantages are Associated with Cochlear Implants?
While getting Cochlear devices implanted is considered a relatively simple routine medical procedure, like any surgery, it comes with risks. It’s important to discuss these with your healthcare provider before moving forward with the procedure.
These risks include:
- Ringing in the ear
- Dry mouth
- Facial paralysis
- Balance issues
- Changes in taste
Besides the physical disadvantage that comes with cochlear implantation, there are also a few non-physical factors to consider. For individuals who are not medically insured, the procedure for this implantation can be a bit costly. Cochlear implants require ongoing maintenance for things like configuration and being properly fitted. Some implants come with waterproofing for activities like swimming. However, for high contact sports, it may be best to remove the device while participating.
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