The Nucleus cochlear implant system, aka Cochlear Implant, helps restore hearing for folks with profound to severe hearing loss. In an ear that hears naturally, the tiny, delicate hair cells in the cochlea, or inner ear, communicate sound signals to the brain. This is what allows a person to hear different pitches and sounds. If these fragile cells are damaged, then some or all of the ability to hear can be lost. Cochlear implants mimic natural hearing by bypassing damaged hair cells in the cochlea to stimulate the hearing nerve. Cochlear implants are different than other hearing aids because they don’t just make noises louder.
Cochlear implants can be a solution for people with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, which is sometimes referred to as nerve deafness. It can be caused by a variety of factors including:
- Genetics and birth defects
- Overexposure to loud noise
- Medications that damage the hair cells
- Diseases like measles, mumps, meningitis and Meniere’s Disease
- Normal aging
- Head injuries
- Tumors or masses
The Nucleus System includes two basic components which are common to all cochlear implants:
- A sound processor that is positioned behind the ear containing tiny microphones that pick up sound and convert it to digital signals. These signals are then sent to the internal cochlear implant.
- A compact cochlear implant placed under the skin behind the ear to receive signals from the sound processor that directly stimulate the hearing nerve.
In addition, the Cochlear Implant includes a two-way remote device allowing users to wirelessly monitor and manage their hearing. Research has shown that this implant provides the highest speech recognition of any cochlear implant on the market. It also features the industry’s smallest sound processor, up to 43 percent smaller than any other.
Allen Hearing Clinic is proud to be a cochlear program center, and provides assistance to hearing-impaired patients who cannot be helped with traditional hearing devices. We do not currently have an otologist on staff, so please feel free to contact us directly with any questions.