How Do Cochlear Implants Work? Term Paper by Nicky

How Do Cochlear Implants Work?
A look at how cochlear implants work and their benefits.
# 149205 | 1,479 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2011 in Communication (Language and Speech) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper explains that a cochlear implant can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing, although it is very different from a traditional hearing aid. The paper outlines the procedure for receiving these implants and the therapy involved. The paper also looks at the benefits that are seen from an implant and discusses how they depend on the type of communication training that a person used before the implant and received afterwards.

From the Paper:

"In about 4-6 weeks after the surgery, the patient returns to the center to be fitted with the microphone and speech processor and to activate and program the implant. The initial fitting takes several days and may include additional visits over many months. The reason for this is that as each electrode in the cochlea is turned on, it must be adjusted and programmed into the speech processor. As a person begins using the implant, further adjustments and reprogramming are often required. Once the most favorable program is obtained, fewer visits are necessary. Usually there are annual follow up visits to the center for checkups (Cochlear Implants, n.d.).
"The clinic will usually give the patient the external components of the implant about a month after the surgery during the first programming session. This waiting period gives the patient time for the operative incision to heal completely. After about 3 to 6 weeks the swelling is gone, so the clinician can do the first fitting and programming. An audiologist will adjust the sound processor to fit the implanted patient, test the patient to ensure that the adjustments are correct, determines what sounds the patient can hear, and gives information on the proper care and use of the device (Cochlear Implants, 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cochlear Implants. (2007). Retrieved July 6, 2009, from NIDCD Web site:
  • Cochlear Implants. (2009). Retrieved July 6, 2009, from FDA Web site: cs/CochlearImplants/default.htm
  • Cochlear Implants. (n.d.). Retrieved July 6, 2009, from American-Speech-Language Association Web site:

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