Childhood is a time for magical moments and playful discovery. And you want to make sure your child can actively participate in it all.
Even if your child has severe hearing loss, cochlear implants can help them fully enjoy the pleasures of these first precious years of their life!
How Your Child
Hears the World
The human ear processes an amazing range of sounds and delivers vivid detail, allowing your child to hear and recognize everything from a soft good night whisper to a dog’s playful bark.
Each and every sound can be described in three dimensions: intensity (loudness), frequency (pitch), and time (changes from moment to moment.)
What is an Audiogram?
Audiograms give you a graphical picture of your child’s sense of hearing with a detailed description of their hearing ability.
With hearing loss, your child loses the ability to capture and process the details of each dimension, which can affect their ability to communicate, learn and socialize.
When searching for an individual solution for your child, it is important that you choose a system capable of distinguishing between a drum and a flute, a high note and a low note, and the voice of a friend from that of a stranger. Many parents find that a cochlear implant system from Advanced Bionics gives their kids these details.
How a Cochlear Implant Works
Hearing loss generally means there’s some kind of damage to a portion of your child’s inner ear (or cochlea) where sound is transferred to the hearing nerve. Oftentimes, a hearing aid can compensate for the damage by making sounds louder and easier to hear. However, when the loss is too severe, making sounds louder just isn’t enough.
Cochlear implants are the standard treatment for individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss. These amazing devices restore hearing and make sounds clearer and easier to understand by bypassing the damaged portion of the cochlea and sending sound directly to your child’s hearing nerve.
A cochlear implant system has two parts: an external microphone and sound processor, and a cochlear implant, which is placed by a surgeon.
The quality of the sound delivered by a cochlear implant system is a direct result of the microphone location, digital processing power, and the implant technology.
How a CI Works video
- The microphone captures sound waves that pass through the air.
- The sound waves are converted into detailed digital information by the sound processor.
- The headpiece sends the digital signals to the cochlear implant and electrode array in the inner ear.
- The electrode array stimulates the hearing nerve.
- The hearing nerve sends impulses to the brain, where they are interpreted as sound.