Cochlear Implant is an electronic medical device that exchanges the function of the damaged inner ear. Other than hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants evade the damaged hair cells of the inner ear (cochlea) to produce sound signals to the brain.
The cochlear implant is considered a safe procedure with a low rate of significant complications. A study on 403 patients who underwent cochlear implantation revealed a complication rate of only 19.9%, with the majority of complications being resolved by clinical management.
Cochlear implants are a widely-recognized treatment for patients with severe bilateral hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. Recently, the indications for this treatment include patients with more residual hearing, single-sided deafness, and asymmetric hearing loss and even those with long-time deafness. It is an effective treatment applying in adults and suitable for children. Cochlear implant for babies is also beneficial to fight against the lack of progress in the development of auditory skills.
Cochlear implantation is a relatively new procedure, which has already had significant impact on the lives of many profoundly deaf children and adults, in providing useful hearing to those unable to benefit significantly from hearing aids.
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