Approximately two to three out of every 1,000 children are born with some form of hearing loss or impairment in one or both ears in the United States according to the National institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). There are different types and levels of hearing loss depending on the extent of the damage and the portion of the ear that is affected (middle vs. inner ear, for example). Hearing aids can amplify sound and improve the quality of life and levels of communication for many children and adults, but they are not effective in every scenario. Cochlear implants are designed to help restore partial hearing in people suffering from advanced hearing loss due to damage in the inner ear. The ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors at Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy offer a number of diagnostic and treatment options in Orlando, FL, for children suffering from partial or full hearing loss.
Cochlear Implant in Orlando, FL
A cochlear implant is an electronic device that helps the auditory nerve transmit sound waves to the brain so that a person with extensive damage in the inner ear can process language and communicate more effectively than before. While they are not a cure for hearing loss and require an effort to relearn how to process and interpret sound after the implant is put in place, they can significantly improve communication and the recipient's overall quality of life as a result.
Some of the reported benefits of cochlear implants include:
- An improved ability to hear and interpret speech without assistance from visual aids or cues
- Ability to understand and hear background noise, watch t.v., and have phone conversations
- The ability to identify different sources of noise and sound
- Ability to better communicate in loud or noisy environments
Find a Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Orlando, FL
For more information about cochlear implants and other treatment and therapy options for hearing impairments and hearing loss, contact Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy by calling (407) 253-1000 to schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists at one of our convenient locations in either Orlando or Maitland, FL, today.