Maryland and DC’s Cochlear Implant Specialists
Whenever hearing aids cannot adequately address hearing loss, audiologists turn to cochlear implants (CIs). Regardless of whether a patient has single-sided deafness (unilateral) or a moderate-to-profound hearing loss in both ears (bilateral), CIs are able to provide greater access to speech information for children and adults.
We are dedicated to providing a better hearing solution to every patient in the Maryland and DC communities we serve. Our team of audiologists at Audiology Associates provides access to the latest in cochlear implant technology to facilitate better communication and an enhanced quality of life for those who need them.
“My father has had nothing but a positive experience through audiology associates. He has been able to ask questions about his treatment and he is able to understand what he is supposed to be looking out for and doing to make sure that he is adjusting his devices properly. I am very happy with the service he receives. From the person who answers the phone, to the one who is checking him into the office for his appointments, everyone is patient with him. Thank you to all of the staff there for making my dad feel comfortable during a time when he was very nervous about his hearing loss. We appreciate you”
Although they have been around for 50 years, with FDA approval in the 1970s, most people are unaware of how CIs work. CIs were designed to improve speech clarity for individuals who can no longer benefit from traditional hearing aids.
Although they do not cure hearing loss, CIs are a viable solution to replace hearing aids or enhance the benefits they provide. Like other electronic devices, such as cell phones and hearing aids, innovations in digital technology have had a significant impact on the performance capabilities of CI technology.
CIs bypass the damage in the cochlea (hearing organ) in order to transmit electrical stimulation directly to the auditory nerve. They are capable of compensating for damage in the inner ear due to age deterioration, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), a birth defect, or other cause. They are made up of two separate components: an internal electrode array and an external sound processor.
The internal electrode array is inserted directly into the cochlea during a surgical procedure performed by a neurotologist. The external sound processor is worn on the ear, and includes microphones, which detects speech and other sounds in the external environment. Once the sound is detected, the sound processor analyzes the signal and sends the information to the internal electrode array and then the auditory nerve. The nerve then sends the information to the brain, which interprets it as meaningful sound.
Cochlear Implant Questions to Ask
What is meant by the term “bi-modal fitting”?
Who qualifies for a CI?
How do they do CI surgery?
What are the risks of CI surgery?
Will I have to have more surgeries when new technology becomes available?
Are people with CIs able to swim, shower, and remain active?
How long after surgery can I use my CI?
Are cochlear implants covered by Medicare and private insurance?
Do You Qualify for Cochlear Implants?
If you’re experiencing a severe to profound hearing loss and hearing aids alone are not an adequate solution to address your needs, then a cochlear implant could be the best solution to help improve speech and language development.
Audiology Associates makes electronic implant technology available to qualifying individuals throughout Maryland and DC.
If you are interested in learning more about cochlear implants, or if you or a loved one wants to know if you qualify, then submit the adjacent form and our specialist will contact you.