A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that can help with hearing for a child with severe or total hearing loss. The implant does the job of damaged or missing nerves. A small device worn outside the ear turns on the implant. The doctor made a cut, called an incision, behind your child's ear. The doctor placed the implant in the inner ear.
Your child may have mild to moderate pain and have a headache for a few days. He or she may have some popping or clicking in the ear and feel dizzy. This usually goes away within 1 week. The area behind the ear will be swollen for about 3 to 5 weeks.
Some children say that things taste different or funny for a few days. They may also have a sore throat. This is common.
The doctor will not turn on, or activate, the implant until the incision has healed. This is in about 3 to 6 weeks. Most children can go back to school or daycare after 1 week, but they should not take part in sports or other strenuous activities for about 3 to 4 weeks. Talk to your doctor about how active your child can be.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. Each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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