Thursday, September 21, 2006

How a Cochlear Implant Works





It's hard to explain how a cochlear implant works without a diagram (actually, you may have noticed that even with a diagram the process is a bit complicated), but I think this is the best description I've found so far. These images were taken from the Cochlear website(www.cochlearamericas.com), and explain the function of an implant with an "ear level" speech processor.

Because Aiden's ears are too small right now for this type of speech processor, Aiden will also wear a "body worn" processor, pictured below (in the hand). This body worn processor can be worn on Aiden's hip in a special holder, on his back in a special harness or inside his shirt with a special pocket (that I will have to talk Grandma into sewing!). Aiden will also wear an earpiece (as pictured above) but it will only contain a microphone.

6 Comments:

At 3:30 PM, Anonymous Cousin Jen said...

Seriously complicated stuff. I am not sure exactly how it will work, but I have great hopes for Aiden. Do we know the condition of the hairs of his inner ear?

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Nicole said...

Hi there!

We are fairly sure that most of the hairs of his inner ear are severely damaged. The thought is that either prologned ventilation or some of the ototoxic medications he recieved in the NICU caused the hairs to be damaged, and the hearing loss to occur.

 
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