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HEARING LOSS & COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

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Redefining ENT Care In The Country

The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Center at Primus International Super Speciality Hospital brings together otolaryngologists, audiologists and speech therapists in a center specially designed for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the ear, nose and throat with emphasis of Cochlear Implant Services for total deafness.

The Primus ENT and Cochlear Center provides the medical, technical, and rehabilitative resources to enhance our patients’ connection with words and language, and to make their lives simplier, through Cochlear Implants that are small, electronic devices which provide awareness and understanding of sound so that they can aslo enjoy the benefits of hearing.

When we talk about a “cochlear implant” we are actually referring to a system of technologies that process and transmit information.

Primus clinicians are committed to finding the best solution for your hearing loss. If you are incurring some hearing difficulty , it is important to discuss your concerns immediately with a ENT Specialist .
Step 1
A hearing check up is painless and straightforward and takes about 20 minutes. A professional will play you a range of tones through a pair of head phones.
Step 2
As the sounds are played, you simply indicate which sounds you can hear and then your responses will be recorded and your hearing then assessed.
Step 3
Our professional will go through the results with you. You are welcome to ask any questions you may have about your hearing and the available solutions.
Step 4
If you do have a hearing loss, our professional will discuss your lifestyle needs and will recommend solutions to meet your individual needs.
Step 5
Last but not the least, we provide you complete trail of various hearing aids and suggest you the best suited and economical solution for your hearing loss.
How the Cochlear Implant Enables Hearing

• Even when hearing loss is severe and early in onset, the hearing nerve survives and retains responsiveness to electrical currents. This means that excitation of the hearing nerve is possible.

• Variations in the power and tempo of the electrical signals convey various sounds by triggering different patterns of impulses in the hearing nerve.

• Hearing stations within the brain receive and coordinate these impulse trains, resulting in the perception of sound and the ability to distinguish differences in pitch, power, and tempo
The Benefits of Cochlear Implantation
An individual or a family might consider a cochlear implant to address any of a number of concerns. Whether it is a family’s goal for a child born deaf to develop verbal language, a parent with progressive hearing loss who wishes to monitor the safety and speech of their hearing child, or a grandparent with advanced hearing loss who desires to hear the voices of younger generations, the motivations for restoring hearing vary widely.
Facilities

• Audiology (hearing evaluation)
• Tympanography
• Hearing Aid Trial
• OAE / BERA / ASSR
• Balance Disorders Center
• Vertigo diagnosis
• Speech therapy / pathology
• Electronystagmography (ENG) / Vestibular retraining therapy
• Complete ENT-equipped examination rooms
• Tympanography
• Soundproof audiology testing booth
• Balance disorders testing
• Cochlear Implant Councelling

Faq Cochlear Implants
Will a cochlear implant restore normal hearing for people who are deaf?

Cochlear is a communication tool. When hearing functions normally, parts of the inner ear convert sound waves into electrical impulses. These impulses are sent to the brain, where they are recognized as sound. A cochlear implant simulates that process. An implant, supplemented with listening therapy, can help people recognize sound, including speech.

Are there risks in cochlear implant surgery?
The surgical risks for cochlear implantation are minimal and most patients require only a one-day hospital stay and have no surgical complications.

Will I need more surgery as new technology becomes available?

The implanted unit is designed to last a lifetime. The externally worn speech processor, which is responsible for converting sound into code and sending the information to an internal unit, is dependent on software that can be upgraded as technology improves.

Will my child outgrow the internal device and require a new one?

No, the cochlea is fully formed at birth and the skull structures achieve almost full growth by age 2. The electrode array is designed to accommodate skull growth in children.

Should I wait for new cochlear implant technology?

No, the design of the surgically implanted receiver and electrode array has changed relatively little during the history of cochlear implants. However, speech-coding strategies, which are responsible for delivering the signal to the internal unit and are stored in the externally worn speech processor, have improved significantly over the years. The speech processor can incorporate new technology when available.

Can people with cochlear implants identify environmental noises as well as speech?

Cochlear implants provide a wide range of sound information. Performance in speech perception testing varies among individuals. With time and training, most patients understand more speech than with hearing aids and many communicate by telephone or enjoy music.

Can people with cochlear implants swim, shower and participate in sports?

Yes, people with implants can swim, shower and participate in virtually all types of sport activities when they are not wearing the external equipment. The only restriction relates to skydiving and scuba diving because significant changes in air pressure are not advised. Participation in all other athletic activities is unrestricted, although protective headgear is always recommended.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.

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