If you are not familiar with a cochlear implant, it is basically an internal listening device artificially activates the inner ear area with electric signals, the signals will transmit it to the auditory nerve, which makes the patient enable to hear again, KidsHealth.org explained. Sound quality is different compared to natural hearing.
The implant will gradually improve its hearing quality on the patients. Even infants are able to capture sounds and develop speech and language after having the implant, thus making communication easier for them.
- The implant takes the form of a package, where a receiver-stimulator will be inserted inside the skull.
- A sound and speech processor which will be hooked around the ear-pinna attach with an antenna with a magnet holding them on.
- An electrodes wire will be inserted into the cochlear which will function like hair cells and give out electricity to stimulate the auditory nerve, which then the patient can hear.
For the implant surgery, the doctor will first drill a 3- to 4-millimetre bed in the skull bone that contains part of the ear canal, the middle ear, and the inner ear. Then, the surgeon opens up the bone behind the ear to allow access to the middle ear. A small hole is drilled in the cochlea and the wires containing the electrodes are inserted. The implant package is then secured and the incision is closed with stitches.
Typical hearing aids amplify the noises, while cochlear implants rewire the internal operation, in such the method, the inner hair cells could be damaged. However, because of this approach, not everyone with extreme hearing loss is qualified for cochlear implants.
We hope baby Kang get well soon and we just hope he does not pull out the implant. He got a life ahead of him.
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