What to Expect After Surgery?
Over time, the quality of the sounds will improve as the brain relearns the stimulation patterns sent by the cochlear implant.
Thanks to this type of implant, the patient recovers hearing and has a better life quality. They can carry a conversation, and some can even manage to communicate with the phone.
FAQ ABOUT COCHLEAR IMPLANTS:
Are There Any Risks from Bathing or Swimming with The Internal Parts of the Cochlear Implant?
There are risks only during the first few months after the surgery when the healing process has not been completed. Hence, during these first months, you should avoid bathing or swimming! After that time, the internal parts are essentially waterproof since they are placed under the skin.
However, you must remove the external part if you are going to have contact with water (similar to a hearing aid). Currently, some models of external processors are waterproof, but you should discuss these options with your doctor.
Can I Play Sports If I Have a Cochlear Implant?
Sports are not restricted when having a cochlear implant. However, to avoid complications, you should remove the external parts of the cochlear implant before practicing sports.
Also, it is better not to perform any contact sports since a blow to the internal part would damage the cochlear implant.
Once Implanted, Can You Differentiate Between Different Voices?
During rehabilitation and programming of the cochlear implant, you will have better discrimination of voices.
Indeed, you will identify different pitch levels and voice intonations, being able to differentiate people just by hearing them.
Does A Cochlear Implant Help Tinnitus?
Unfortunately, a cochlear implant won’t help with your tinnitus.
However, since the patient receives more auditory information, the tinnitus can be masked to the point of becoming negligible.
I Am a Foreign Patient. Will I Have Communication Difficulties?
We have qualified staff who will accompany you throughout the hospital process.
If the doctor does not speak your language, we will offer you the possibility of having an interpreter.
COCHLEAR IMPLANT SPECIALISTS AT GARCÍA-IBÁÑEZ ENT
Bibliography – More recent publications:
Cochlear implants as a treatment option for unilateral hearing loss, severe tinnitus and hyperacusis. Ramos Macías A, Falcón González JC, Manrique M, Morera C, García-Ibáñez L, Cenjor C, Coudert-Koall C, Killian M. Audiol Neurootol. 2015
One-Year Results for Patients with Unilateral Hearing Loss and Accompanying Severe Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Treated with a Cochlear Implant. Ramos Macías A, Falcón-González JC, Manrique Rodríguez M, Morera Pérez C, García-Ibáñez L, Cenjor Español C, Coudert-Koall C, Killian M. Audiol Neurootol. 2018;
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