A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that can help you
hear. You may get one if you have severe or total hearing loss. The implant does the job of the
damaged or absent nerve cells that in a normal ear make it possible to hear. A
small device worn outside the ear turns on the implant.
doctor will make a cut (incision) behind your ear. He or she will place the
implant in the inner ear. The incision will leave a scar that will fade with
time. The implant may make a small bump under the skin behind your ear. Your
hair may cover the scar, the bump, and the device worn outside your ear.
You will probably go home the same day as the surgery or the next day.
Most people are able to go back to work and their normal routine in 1 or 2
Your hearing will not change right after surgery. This does
not happen until the implant is turned on (activated) 3 to 6 weeks later. This
gives the ear time to heal.
A cochlear implant can help you understand speech and speak clearly. But it will not give you normal
hearing. How well your implant works depends on many things. These include how long
you have had hearing problems and how well the remaining auditory nerves work.
You may need to work with a speech therapist after surgery to learn how to make
the most of your implant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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