Often times damage to the inner ear and/or auditory nerve prevents successful hearing with the use of hearing aids. A cochlear implant can bypass the damaged inner ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. This implant does not result in “restored” or “cured” hearing. It does, however, allow for the perception of sound. Luckily, the criteria for receiving a cochlear implant has greatly expanded in recent years. More people are now able to take part in this medical miracle!
Are you a candidate for a cochlear implant?
1. Is your age somewhere from 1 year to 100 years+?
2. Are you in good health?
3. Are you open minded to the realistic expectations of what a cochlear implant may give you?
4. Are you and your family motivated?
If you answered yes to these questions, you may be a great candidate for a cochlear implant!
A bone anchored solution is an implanted device that works through direct bone conduction. Sound is conducted through the skull bone, bypassing the outer and middle ear and directly stimulating the cochlea. The device is composed of three parts: a titanium implant, an external abutment and a detachable sound processor. Very little amplification is required as the conductive component is bypassed via direct bone conduction.
Three indications for bone anchored candidacy
1. Conductive hearing loss: The conductive component of the hearing loss is greater than 30 dB.
2. Mixed hearing loss: The conductive component of the hearing loss is greater than 30 dB. Mild to moderate sensorineural component to the hearing loss. The greater the air-bone gap, the more the candidate will benefit from the bone anchored device.
3. Single-Sided Deafness (SSD): This type of deafness is described as having one good ear and the other is classified as the deaf ear.
“The service that we got from The Scholl Center, most specifically from Jackie (Scholl), I couldn’t have made it without it.”
Are you ready to restore your sense of sound?
Visit our audiologist to see if you fit the criteria for a cochlear implant.