Cochlear Implant Surgery Hospital in Delhi

SCI International Hospital is one of the leading and experienced hospital in Delhi. We work with highly professional ENT specialists who are dedicated to offering long-term support to patients who need cochlear implants – from the initial fitting and device programming to ongoing device management services.

Our ENT team works with experts for diagnosing, evaluating, and treating hearing loss, speech issues, or other ENT disorders. Our team consists of highly-skilled specialists in otorhinolaryngology (ENT), speech pathology, and audiology.

At SCI International Hospital, the evaluation of cochlear implants consists of tests with different specialists during outpatient visits.

Some of the tests include:

  • Hearing test
  • Medical evaluation
  • Hearing aid evaluation
  • CT scan or MRI
  • Balance assessment
  • Psychology consultation
  • Speech pathology consultation

Cochlear Implant Consists

A cochlear implant is an electronic device, which is surgically implanted in the inner ear to directly stimulate the hearing nerve. The cochlear implant consists of:

Sound Processor

It helps in capturing sounds and converting them into digital signals. It further sends the signals directly to the internal device.

Coil/Cable Unit

It links the sound processor with the internal implant inside the skin. It helps in transmitting electrical impulses to enable hearing.

Internal Device

It is the main element of the cochlear implant, consisting of the electrode array. It is implanted surgically into the cochlea of the ear. The electrodes further stimulate the patient’s hearing nerve and enable the brain to perceive the signals on hearing sounds.

How Does a Cochlear Implant Device Work?

In normal ears, the sound is usually transmitted via air, enabling the eardrum and the middle ear bones (ossicles) to vibrate. Due to this, a vibratory wave is passed into the cochlea (or the inner ear). These vibratory waves then convert into electrical signals that are sent along the auditory nerve to the person’s brain.

However, a hearing-impaired person won’t have a functioning inner ear. With the help of the cochlear implant, ENTs try to replace the function of the cochlea by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy that’s further used for stimulating the cochlear nerve to send the “sound” signals to the person’s brain.

But even with a cochlear implant, the patient still has hearing loss. As the cochlear implant allows the patient only to hear the sounds – NOT understand them. It is only useful in a quiet environment – NOT Noisy Situations!

Frequently Asked Questions about Cochlear Implant Surgery

Cochlear implant surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia with low risks involved.

Cochlear damage means all or part of your inner ear has been damaged. Damage to the cochlear generally causes permanent hearing loss.

A cochlear implant is suitable for people with severe hearing loss, who are not benefitted from standard hearing aids. It is successful for people who have a short length of deafness.

A hearing aid doesn’t require any surgery and is suitable for people with less severe hearing loss while a cochlear implant requires surgery and is suitable for people with severe hearing loss in one or both ears and poor speech understanding.

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