Also known as: cochlear implant surgery.
What are cochlear implants?
Cochlear implants are a form of hearing aid that are surgically implanted in the skin behind the ear. The implants also have an external portion that picks up sound and transmits it to the inner portion. They provide a sense of sound to people with extreme hearing problems or deafness.
What happens during the procedure?
The surgeon makes an incision behind the ear and opens the mastoid bone. Then the electrodes and receivers are implanted before the incisions are closed.
Is any special preparation needed?
A number of tests and hearing assessments are required to ensure that cochlear implants are the right choice for you and your specific hearing problems.
What are the risk factors?
Infection, bleeding, injury to surrounding organs and tissues, dizziness, nerve damage, dry mouth, numbness, tinnitus or ineffectiveness of the implants are all potential risk factors.
Reviewed by: Brian Ho, MD
This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 3:48:41 PM
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Dr. Davé is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. He is chief of the PSA Section of Otolaryngology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davé sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Yamilet Tirado is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist within the Division of Otolaryngology and sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center.