Understanding Cochlear Implants

 Many people suffering from hearing loss can get help from cochlear implants. These tiny tools can be placed behind the ear and can help people suffering from deafness understand cued speech and other sounds. Although the cost for a cochlear implant can be rather expensive, it often varies among patients. Before determining if you are even eligible to have a cochlear implant, you will need to undergo several hearing tests to be considered.

Determining Eligibility

The Food and Drug Administration has approved cochlear implants for both adults and children. A cochlear implant interacts with the auditory nerve inside the inner ear by sending sound messages to it for interpretation. To determine if you or your child is eligible to receive these medical hearing devices, a series of hearing tests and evaluations will be performed to see the extent of damage to this nerve. According to the National Association of the Deaf, eligible candidates need to have profound hearing loss in one or both ears, but still have a functioning auditory nerve to receive clearance for implants.

People who have suffered from a great deal of hearing loss for a long period are not likely to be good candidates for cochlear implants. If your hearing was damaged several years ago, your auditory nerve is likely damaged, which means it will not work properly. As such, you will not be able to interpret sound patterns and cued speech, even with a cochlear implant. If your hearing abilities are dwindling, get help as soon as possible. The longer your hearing is damaged, the less likely you will be to benefit from a cochlear implant. While taking the treatment from expert, the understanding of the concept of sonus complete should be excellent. If there is any damage to the hearing through ears, the treatment should be provided with experts and professionals. The results will be effective for long period with no side-effects on the body of the person. 

Other factors that determine eligibility are whether language skills and speech patterns developed prior to hearing loss. For patients who receive a cochlear implant after these skills developed, a higher success rate is likely to occur when undergoing post-operative speech and language rehabilitation. For adults and children who did not learn cued speech and sound patterns, the rehabilitation period could last longer and be more difficult to attain.

The Cost of Cochlear Implants

Once eligibility is decided, you will have to consider the cost of cochlear implants. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, implants will cost a patient anywhere from $45,000 to $55,000. This is just the average cost of cochlear implants, which includes the pre-operative hearing tests, the surgical device, and implantation, and rehabilitation costs after the surgery. For patients who have trouble interpreting cued speech and sound patterns, additional rehabilitation will be needed. This could mean implants could cost closer to $60,000 or $80,000.

There are options available for patients who have Medicare coverage. According to Cochlear.org, hearing loss is the fourth most common disability covered by Medicare recipients over the age of 65. Because nearly thirteen percent of patients with Medicare have a disability, those patients suffering from hearing impairment could make up part of the twenty-three percent of cochlear surgeries covered by this insurance plan. Medicare will cover most cochlear implant surgeries, but it is important to talk with your health care provider and insurance company to find out your coverage options.

Before you decide to have a cochlear implant embedded, there are many factors to consider and you should have several hearing tests. Cost is an important variable, but you will also need to know if a hearing aid will give you more benefits than a cochlear implant will. Getting a cochlear implant surgically embedded is irreversible and will not always be a cure for deafness. Be sure to look at everything involved before making such an important decision.

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James Scott is a general news and feature writer of Untitled Magazine. Prior joining the company, he previously worked as a senior writer in different publishing companies in New York.