What is a Cochlear Implant?
By Children's Ear, Nose and Throat Associate
July 16, 2019
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Cochlear Implant  

How cochlear implants from your pediatric ENT specialists in Orlando, FL, can help your child hear better

Cochlear implants can enhance your child’s life by helping your child hear better. If your child is suffering from severe hearing loss, Cochlear Implantcochlear implants can restore your child’s hearing. The pediatric ENT specialists at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy offer a wide range of ENT services including cochlear implants and other hearing aids to help your child hear better. They have several convenient office locations in Orlando and Maitland, FL, to help your family.

Cochlear implants are often the recommended treatment for children who:

  • Are at least 12 months old
  • Have severe hearing loss
  • Have not been helped by other hearing aids

Cochlear implants work by converting sounds or speech into electrical signals which are sent to the hearing nerve. They have an external microphone which is usually placed behind the ear. The microphone captures sounds and translates them into electrical signals. The signals then travel to the internal part of the cochlear implant, which is a small electronic component connected to the electrodes placed inside the cochlea. The electrodes stimulate your child’s auditory nerve fibers which send information to your child’s brain. Your child’s brain then interprets the signals as sounds.

Before your ENT specialist places cochlear implants, your child will receive:

  • An ear examination, to look for any signs of infection
  • A hearing evaluation, to determine the amount of hearing impairment
  • An x-ray evaluation, including CT or MRI scans and other imaging to check inner ear anatomy
  • A physical examination, to determine whether your child is healthy enough for general anesthesia

If your child is a good candidate to have cochlear implants, an outpatient surgery appointment will be scheduled. Your child will be given general anesthesia and the surgery is performed. Cochlear implants require a little time to get used to interpreting sounds correctly with the implants.

Cochlear implants can make the difference between your child enjoying life and your child missing out on life’s beautiful sounds. To find out more about cochlear implants and other ear, nose, throat, and allergy services, call the pediatric ENT specialists at Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy , with offices in Orlando and Maitland, FL. Call today and help your child hear better!