A cochlear implant is a surgical treatment for hearing loss and other auditory disorders, dramatically improving a person’s quality of life.
The technology is primarily used to give access to spoken language for patients with severe to profound hearing loss where even well-fitted hearing aids are ineffective.
Before we recommend cochlear implantation we will need to establish whether the procedure is suitable for your child.
In children, a cochlear implant might be the correct procedure if they display:
- Severe or profound hearing loss
- Inadequate speech and/or language progress caused by hearing loss
- Severe reverse sloping hearing loss
- Limited aided speech information above 2 kHz (as seen on speech-mapping)
- Sensorineural hearing loss caused by meningitis
Early intervention is vital – a child with severe hearing loss will have a better chance to reach his/her full spoken language potential if correctly treated within critical times. Patients with additional needs are not excluded.