what is a hearing implant?
A hearing implant is a technical device that replaces our sense of hearing electronically. Hearing implants are a solution when hearing aids are no longer enough. There are different types of hearing implants for different types of hearing loss.
Hearing implants consist of two parts: an externally worn audio processor and an internal implant that is placed under the skin. The audio processor is worn on the head or behind the ear. A microphone in the audio processor picks up sound and converts it into electrical impulses. A coil sends them to the implant.
The implant is surgically placed under the skin. A hearing implant bypasses the non-functioning part of the ear. A cochlear implant bypasses the missing or damaged hair cells in the inner ear that normally convert mechanical into electrical signals. A middle ear implant bypasses the disrupted transmission of sound in the middle ear.
What is the difference between an implant and a hearing aid?
Hearing implants work completely different from hearing aids. Hearing aids amplify sound, making it louder. But louder is not always clearer.
A hearing implant replaces the non-functioning part of the ear electronically.
Hearing aids only work when the ear is intact and the brain can receive at least some sound signals. Implants help even when parts of the ear are no longer intact.
Do you have questions on life with a hearing implant? Connect to a HearPeers Mentor
What are the risks of hearing implant surgery?
Hearing implantation is a routine surgery with risks comparable to other routine surgical procedures. Your doctor will talk about your individual risks with you.