Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants don’t amplify sounds but instead mimic and replace the hearing function of the inner ear through electronic stimulation. The system has two parts – an external sound processor and the actual cochlear implant. Incoming sounds are processed into electrical signals and then transmitted directly to the hearing nerve, bypassing the damaged parts of the inner ear.
The sooner you receive a cochlear implant, the sooner you can start hearing, interacting and enjoying your life to the full.
Instead of the isolation and loneliness that often accompanies significant hearing loss, you can look forward to rediscovering the activities that you may have abandoned because of your hearing. You won’t just reconnect with the world of sound, but with a whole wide world of enjoyment and opportunity.
For suitable candidates, cochlear implants can deliver rapid improvements over hearing aids, especially in the crucial area of speech perception. Our patient outcomes have shown that on average adults can achieve 77% sentence understanding after using a cochlear implant for just 3 months and 79% after 6 months, compared to 26% previously, when using just their hearing aids. Likewise average quality of life scores for our patient group increased from 37% before a cochlear implant to 64% 6 months after surgery.
The Ear Science Clinic specialises in providing this implantable technology to eligible individuals. We work to be supportive of your needs, and welcome your questions. Our Mentor Program allows you to speak one-on-one to other cochlear implantees to discuss their hearing journey and experiences through the cochlear implant program. And after the implant we have various support groups for those interested in connecting with others with a cochlear implant
“The implant bridges the gap between the hearing and non-hearing worlds, and believe me, they are very different worlds. I love the freedom the implant gives me to participate in all areas of daily life. I’d say go for it, if you are thinking about getting an implant. You won’t regret your decision." – Jane Goodfellow
“I am happy to recommend a cochlear implant to anyone who is struggling to hear. I have no regrets and continue to look forward to discovering new sounds every day.” – Janet Horgan