Can a cochlear implant help me?
Cochlear Implants might be a suitable option for people who are experiencing significant difficulty to hear in spite of using traditional amplification devices such as hearing aids.
Are you experiencing difficulty:
- Hearing in the presence of background noise
- Hearing over the telephone
- Hearing the television
- Participating in group conversations due to limited hearing when there are 2 or more people participating in the conversation
- Understanding what people are saying, hearing the speech but limited clarity
If this is the case, you might consider a cochlear implant.
How do they work?
Cochlear implants bypass the damaged part of your inner ear to stimulate the hearing nerve directly, an implant can make sounds clearer, not just louder. It also provides a long term, stable hearing outcome.
Am I a candidate?
Any person with a moderately, severe to profound degree hearing loss that is of a sensorineural nature (in the inner ear or cochlear) in one or both ears might be a possible candidate for a cochlear implant. In most cases, it is important that the person must have trialed hearing aids, unless the hearing loss is of such a severe degree that they cannot be fitted with a hearing aid. There is no lower or upper age limit. An audiological and medical assessment will review the integrity of the nerve and expectations will be discussed, depending on the hearing and amplification history provided during the assessment.
What’s involved in the procedure?
All that we require to review possible candidacy is a recent audiogram and where possible, a summary of hearing and amplification history. Once this information has been received by our clinic, we can book an appropriate appointment.
During this appointment your hearing will be assessed with amplification devices and the results will be discussed. We will make a recommendation to ensure that you receive the best possible hearing outcome.
If you are suitable candidate for a cochlear implant, you will be referred for a medical review. If you are not a suitable candidate, other recommendations will be provided to ensure that your hearing concerns are addressed.
Expected hearing benefits
Hearing through a cochlear implant is very different to hearing through a hearing aid.
Cochlear implants are life changing for many of our clients. How well you do with an implant can depend on many things, everyone is different. Our research shows that the majority of our adult implant recipients report significantly improved hearing in quiet and noise. People with many types of hearing loss could benefit from a cochlear implant.
Talk to someone who knows
Ear Science Implant Clinic offers a mentor program to give you the opportunity to speak with someone who understands how you are feeling and who has been through the hearing implant journey.
Our Mentors are kind, caring people who are happy to volunteer their time, and share their experience to support you.