Cochlear implants (CIs) are electronic devices surgically implanted under the skin behind the ear. These devices use electrodes placed in the inner ear (the cochlea) to stimulate the auditory nerve of individuals who have significant permanent hearing loss.
Cochlear implants are not high-tech hearing aids. Deaf people use hearing aids to amplify sound, using the parts of the ear that are not functioning properly but still have some function (for example, damaged hair cells in the cochlea). Cochlear implants bypass the damaged area by providing direct electrical stimulation to the auditory nerve.
We at ‘Priority Hearing’ have more than 10 years of experience in dealing with cochlear implants across all major companies. Most of our recipients are main streamed and doing very well in their day to day life.
How it Works...
The MAPPING procedure is programming the speech processor so that the normal acoustic dynamic range may be compressed into the small electrical range of the cochlear implant device. When a MAP is performed efficiently, the user will have hearing within a normal to near-normal range.
Auditory-Verbal Therapy is specialized type of therapy designed to teach a child to use the hearing provided by a hearing aid or a cochlear implant for understanding speech and learning to talk. The child is taught to develop hearing as an active sense so that listening becomes automatic and the child seeks out sounds in life. Hearing and active listening become an integral part of communication, recreation, socialization, education, and work.