What is Cochlear Implant ?

The cochlear implant is a prosthetic device, a part of which is surgically implanted inside the cochlea. Cochlear implants have been found to be beneficial for children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss and steeply sloping hearing loss who do not benefit adequately with hearing aids but have an intact auditory nerve.

While a hearing aid provides amplified sound energy to the ear, the cochlear implant directly provides electrical stimulation to the nerve endings in the cochlea.

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Impact of Cochlear Implants in Children with Hearing Impairment

Hearing impairment has a significant impact on the child and his family. This impact is seen on every aspect of life including cognitive, communication, psychosocial, educational, and personality development as well as on financial condition of the family. Considering the wide ranging impact of hearing impairment early identification and intervention during the critical learning years, has been found to be very important to minimize the impact of the hearing impairment in the child’s over all development.

With the recent advances in hearing technology including cochlear implants, children with severe to profound hearing loss have access to most of the sound of spoken language. Most of children who are born deaf of hard of hearing can learn to listen to their own voices, listen to the voices of others and listen to the sounds of life 1.

It is important to know about impact of cochlear implants in young children as it involves high cost, surgery, and a high level of family expectations. Factors including age at onset of deafness, age at implantation, amount of cochlear implant experience, and educational

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