Silicon Valley’s Cochlear Implant Specialists
Millions of people of all ages, in all parts of the world, feel the impact of hearing loss. For many, the solution to improving hearing and maintaining a high quality of life involves hearing aids, but sometimes hearing aids cannot provide enough benefit, and hearing care professionals look to an alternative solution.
Improved hearing clarity is possible for children and adults using electronic implants, better known as cochlear implants. In partnership with Stanford Healthcare, Pacific Hearing Service now works with cochlear implants as a treatment option. In Silicon Valley, better communication and better hearing solutions that make use of cochlear implants are available from Pacific Hearing Service.
Cochlear implants, whether in one ear (unilateral) or both ears (bilateral), can help improve hearing clarity as well as elevate speech and language processing capabilities in children as young as six to twelve months, adolescents, and adults.
Cochlear implant technology has been around since the 1970s, and many people are aware of these hearing devices, but don’t fully understand what they are and how they work.
What Is a Cochlear Implant?
Damage to the inner ear, or cochlea, interrupts the auditory process, which limits or prevents the transmission of sound signals to the auditory nerve and to the auditory processing center of your brain. A cochlear implant is a device designed to bypass the damage done to the cochlea by transmitting electric impulses directly to the auditory nerve instead of sending acoustic sounds through the ear canalthe way a traditional hearing aid does.
Cochlear implants are composed of a processor worn behind the ear that looks similar to a hearing aid, which receives and processes the sounds around you, and sends this information to an internal electrode, which is surgically placed into the cochlea. Cochlear implants do not cure hearing loss, but they can help improve hearing when traditional hearing aids are no longer able to provide a benefit.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for cochlear implants came in the 1970s, providing an alternate solution to improve hearing clarity in individuals with severe to profound hearing loss. Though they were cutting-edge technology in that decade, their capabilities far exceed what was possible with those early devices thanks to breakthroughs in digital technology that took place in our region.
Used with hearing aids, or to replace them, cochlear implants provide an advanced solution for overcoming individual hearing loss challenges.
More Answers to Your Questions About Cochlear Implants
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Q: AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?
Q: ARE THERE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY?
Cochlear implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure where you go home either the day of surgery or the following day. The procedure is done under general anesthesia so you will discuss your medical history and any related concerns with your surgical team.
Q: WILL I NEED MORE SURGERIES AS NEW TECHNOLOGY BECOMES AVAILABLE?
Q: WHAT IS A BI-MODAL FITTING?
Q: CAN I SWIM, SHOWER AND REMAIN ACTIVE WITH A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?
Q: HOW LONG AFTER BEING IMPLANTED ARE COCHLEAR IMPLANTS ACTIVATED?
Q: ARE MY COCHLEAR IMPLANTS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
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Learn More About Cochlear Implants from Our Specialist
When hearing aids do not produce hearing improvement or facilitate speech and language development, electronic implants often provide the best alternative solution for those with advanced levels of hearing loss. Cochlear implants are among the important tools used by our audiologists at Pacific Hearing Service in our Menlo Park and Los Altos clinics to help improve the hearing and quality of life for those in Silicon Valley who qualify for them.
If you, or a loved one, want to find out whether you qualify for cochlear implants or just want more information about our program, just complete and submit the adjacent form so our specialist can contact you.
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