What is a cochlear implant?
It is a procedure when an electronic device is planted to help deaf people who cannot benefit from hearing aids to hear again.
It consists of two parts:
Who benefits from the Cochlear Implant?
People suffering from severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, who do not benefit from regular usage of hearing aids.
What are the effects of the Implant on communication?
A cochlear Implant does not restore a persons hearing to normal or cure deafness.
The implant stimulates the auditory nerve directly by passing the damaged part of the cochlea.
On hearing and understanding speech:
All patients with electronic cochlea can hear speech sounds, but it takes a while to start recognizing these sounds (especially for children).
Hearing speech sounds considered a huge success for those who can do lips reading; it makes their communication much easier than as it was before the implant. In addition, by time they could drop lips reading and focus on the speech alone.
Improvement of Client’s speech and voice quality:
Cochlear Implant helps the patients to hear their voice and others, so they could improve speech and adjust their pitch.