logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Autism Spectrum Disorders: 4:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g Deafness Site

BellaOnline's Deafness Editor

g

Path to a Cochlear Implant


How do you get a Cochlear Implant? How do you qualify? Where can you get one? Itís a question I get asked often and although it is different in every country the steps are sure to be similar.

Hearing loss is categorised as mild, moderate, severe and profound. If someone is considering a Cochlear Implant then they must be experiencing difficulty in hearing and be in the severe to profound category. The majority of people who have this much hearing loss have been wearing hearing aids for years and find these no longer give them much help. However, there are some who may have been deaf from birth or shortly thereafter and again others who have suddenly gone deaf, often for no known cause.
It doesnít really matter how you have reached this level of deafness and everyone has the right to enquire about whether they can have a Cochlear implant. Not everyone who enquires will necessarily be suitable for an implant as certain conditions mean they would not get any benefit.

If you have been under the care of a hearing aid practitioner ask them for information about an implant and get them to refer you to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)specialist who deals with Cochlear implants. If you donít regularly see a hearing aid practitioner then go to your usual doctor (GP) and ask them for a referral to the ENT specialist. If possible get them to source your local Cochlear Implant Clinic and give you a referral to the clinic as well.

When you go to the ENT specialist he will check your health, check your ears, give you balance tests as well as get head xírays and possibly scans such as an MRI. Once you have been physically checked to make sure there is no underlying cause for your deafness and there is no impediment for you having the implant (eg your cochlea has become solidified with bone) the specialist will pass you over to the audiologists at the implant clinic.

At the clinic you will have a lot of hearing tests to gauge your level of hearing, whether you have bone hearing conduction, whether you can understand speech without any lip reading, whether you can hear in noise and so on. Once all the tests have been done, the specialist has given the go ahead, then you will be scheduled for the implant operation. The length of time this takes depends on whether you are going through a private or a public implant clinic.

The process of implantation cost can, at least in Australia, be covered by a private Health Fund if you have hospital cover and have been in the fund for a period of more than 12 months. This will cover the operation and the prosthesis Ė the speech processor. A private clinic will slot you in for the operation at a time when within 5 weeks of the operation they will have audiologists available to perform the switch on and the initial mappings. Most clinics (in Australia) are caring for close to the limit of patients they can work with and it may take a few months before a time can be found.

If you are having your operation through the public list then the wait can be anything up to five years. In South Australia there are only about 9 public patient slots available each year so it depends on how long the waiting list is before you get a chance. In NZ the waiting can be quite long as there are only 1 or 2 people implanted per year. (Children get priority and there is only a short waiting time).

Once you have had your implant operation it is a matter of waiting for the site to heal Ė usually two to five weeks and then you received you speech processor and go through the process of learning to hear with the new stimulation.
Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to Twitter Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to Facebook Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to MySpace Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to Del.icio.us Digg Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to Yahoo My Web Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to Google Bookmarks Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to Stumbleupon Add Path+to+a+Cochlear+Implant to Reddit




Recovering from my Cochlear Implant Operation
Cochlear Implant switch-on
Cochlear implant outcomes
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Deafness Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Felicity Bleckly. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Felicity Bleckly. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Felicity Bleckly for details.

g


g features
Deaf Blindness - Usher Syndrome

Mental Health and hearing loss

Not deaf but need help hearing

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor