What are the Benefits of Cochlear Implants?
What are the Benefits of Cochlear Implants?
Cochlear implants have become a popular treatment option for individuals with severe to profound hearing loss. The benefits of cochlear implants have been well documented, and recent studies have shown that they continue to improve the quality of life for those who receive them. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of cochlear implants and how MED-EL products have contributed to their success.
Improved Speech Perception
One of the most significant benefits of cochlear implants is improved speech perception. Studies have shown that individuals who receive cochlear implants experience significant improvements in their ability to understand speech in both quiet and noisy environments. One study found that individuals who received cochlear implants showed a 50% improvement in speech recognition compared to those who did not receive implants.
Improved Quality of Life
Another benefit of cochlear implants is improved quality of life. Individuals who receive cochlear implants report increased confidence and social participation. They also report less stress and anxiety related to communication difficulties. One study found that individuals who received cochlear implants had a higher quality of life than their similar peers who did not receive implants.
Who are Cochlear Implants Suitable for?
Cochlear implants are best suited for individuals with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss and occurs when there is damage to the hair cells or auditory nerve in the inner ear. Cochlear implants are not typically recommended for individuals with mild or moderate hearing loss, as they can often benefit from other forms of treatment, such as hearing aids.
Additionally, cochlear implants may not be appropriate for individuals with certain medical conditions that could increase the risks associated with surgery, such as bleeding disorders or immune system disorders. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as our friendly team at Manning Audiology, to determine if cochlear implants are a suitable treatment option for a specific individual and their auditory pathology.
There are three main cochlear implant brands in Australia, with MED-EL being recognised as a leading manufacturer of cochlear implant products. Some of their most recent products include the SYNCHRONY cochlear implant system, which features advanced signal processing technology, and the RONDO audio processor, which is designed to be small and discreet. One of the biggest advantages of MED-EL is its durability and lifespan of the internal magnet. The implant is also MRI-friendly!
Learn More About Cochlear Implants at Manning Audiology
The benefits of cochlear implants are numerous and well-documented. MED-EL products have played a significant role in the long-term success of cochlear implants and will continue to do so in the future. If you or someone you know is considering a cochlear implant, please do not hesitate to reach out to your nearest Manning Audiology clinic.
Manning Audiology regularly hosts FREE Cochlear Implant information sessions across NSW and QLD. Our next seminar will be hosted in July 2023. Featuring special guest speakers Dr Sean Flanagan (ENT Surgeon from Sydney ENT Centre) and representatives from MED-EL. Learn from the healthcare professionals themselves to see if this is the next step in your hearing journey. For more event details, click on the button below.
- Gstoettner, W.K., & Plenk, H. (2019). Advances in cochlear implant technology. Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery, 27(5), 363-368.
- Holden, L.K.,Finley, C.C., Firszt, J.B., Holden, T.A., Brenner, C., & Potts, L.G. (2013). Factors affecting open-set word recognition in adults with cochlear implants. Ear and hearing, 34(3), 342-360.
- MED-EL (2021). Products. Retrieved from https://www.medel.com/products.
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. (2019). Cochlear Implants. Retrieved from https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/cochlear-implants.
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