Cochlear Implants & Special Aids
What is a Cochlear Implant?
A Cochlear Implant is an electrical nerve stimulation device that is surgically implanted into the inner ear.
Who can benefit from a Cochlear Implant?
Individuals who have significant hearing loss and find conventional hearing aid amplification of little benefit. This might be due to the profound nature of the loss or very poor speech discrimination. Occasionally individuals with only a moderate loss have very poor speech discrimination would do better with a cochlear implant. Others might have good low frequency natural hearing but receive no high frequency hearing. A cochlear implant can improve their sensitivity for sound and provide stimulation at frequencies where they can’t currently hear.
Do I need one or Two Cochlear Implants?
Adults usually obtain one Cochlear Implant in their worse ear and continue with conventional amplification in the other if it still receives benefit from that input. Young children and infants are more likely to obtain dual Cochlear Implants.
Am I a candidate for Cochlear Implant Surgery?
ACE Audiology specialises in complex cases and can assess your audiological suitability for Cochlear Implantation. If assessed as suitable from an Audiological perspective ACE Audiology will make the necessary referrals.
How are Cochlear Implants Funded?
Most health funds subsidize the costs of implantation and the hardware. Uninsured patients can obtain an implant through the public health system.
Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
What is a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid?
A Bone Anchored Hearing Aid is a special class of hearing aid that transmits sound energy to the cochlea by bone conduction. About 1.5% of hearing aid candidates are suitable for this technology. A bone conduction hearing aid converts sound into a vibration conveyed via contact with the mastoid bone. The contact can be via a titanium stud in the mastoid to which a bone conduction hearing aid is attached, or may be a fully implanted device that is activated by magnetic oscillation.
Who is suitable for a Bone Conduction Hearing Aid?
These are usually reserved for individuals who cannot wear conventional hearing aids due to medical conditions of the ear, such as chronic discharge or significant damage to the sound conducting pathway, such as perforations.
Who funds Bone Anchored Hearing Aids?
Funding arranges are essentially the same as for Cochlear implants