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Answers to your questions about about Cochlear™ Implants
A cochlear implant (Bionic Ear) is an artificial hearing device, designed to produce useful hearing sensations by stimulating nerves inside the inner ear.
The present day multi-channel implants consist of 2 main components:
The cochlear implant package and electrode array (or receiver stimulator)
The sound processor and headset
All the internal parts are placed under the patient’s skin, behind the ear, during the implant operation. The implant package (or receiver-stimulator) contains the circuits that send electrical impulses into the ear.
The other parts of the implant system are worn externally. There are no plugs or wires connecting the internal and external components. The coil is held in position against the skin by a magnet and the microphone is worn behind the ear.
Source: Cochlear Limited 04/07/2007
Ask yourself are you having trouble hearing on the phone? Do you struggle to hear in crowded places? Also, if you or your child have moderately severe to profound hearing loss and hearing aids are no longer helping, a cochlear implant could be an effective option for you.
The range of sound processors from Cochlear share many of the same features and benefits, but they also have some important differences, giving each processor distinct advantages. Kanso is designed to maximise discretion and comfort, while Nucleus 6 is designed for a feature-rich user experience. Whatever the device you wear, you can be assured that you’re getting the great hearing performance of SmartSound® iQ with SCAN, dual microphone directionality and True Wireless technology.
Upgrades to Nucleus 6 should be considered in order to access the latest hearing technology available. Even though provide health funds are not required to pay for upgrade or replacement sound processors, many health insurance companies provide some coverage. Applications are assessed on a case by case basis so you will need to check with your hearing care professional and your insurer. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may cover your sound processor upgrades and after care maintenance. Further information is available at www.ndis.gov.au
Travelling with your cochlear implant can be easy but it’s recommended you plan ahead! If you are travelling by air, you can walk through the metal detectors and full body scanners with your sound processor on. You may want to remove it to avoid hearing a buzzing sound. Your device will not interfere with the plane’s navigations or communications systems so there is no need to turn the device off.
You will be able to hear other passengers in the car with Cochlear’s True Wireless Mini Microphone 2+. You’ll just have to position it in the ideal location.
Absolutely. Just email us at email@example.com to contact our Concierge. They are here to support people considering getting a Cochlear hearing solution and can answer any further questions you may have.