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Building the Gift of Sound - How Cochlear Implants are Made

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 By Ali Kashen

Cochlear implants are small, yet incredibly intricate and sophisticated devices. As Class III medical devices, they are also stringently regulated and scrutinized. Needless to say, manufacturing a cochlear implant is no simple process. We caught up with Ali Kashen, AB’s Vice President of Global Operations, to tell us about how his team creates each one of AB’s implants and sound processors.

Cochlear Implant Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 By Michelle Leach

Before having cochlear implant surgery, you may have questions about what to expect for the surgery, recovery, and initial activation of the cochlear implant. Hundreds of thousands of people have undergone the procedure all around the world, and it is natural to experience a wide range of emotions, including the anxiety that may accompany any medical procedure and the fear of the unknown. Surgery is a necessary, but brief, part of the process, and the more you know about cochlear implant surgery and recovery, the more comfortable you will be with the process. Here are some frequently asked questions about cochlear implant surgery and recovery.

I’m Getting Cochlear Implants: What Should I Ask My Surgeon?

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 By Doug Lynch

You or your family member is a candidate for cochlear implants. It’s an exciting time, and it may come with some confusion or worries. Having a productive conversation with your surgeon is an important way to clarify any uncertainty and address any concerns. The best way to do that is to come to your appointment with your surgeon with your questions written down.

Hearing Loss Jargon: What They Said and What They Mean

Fri, 25 Feb 2022 By Meghan Robertson

If words like pinna, cochlea and sensorineural aren’t part of your daily language – you aren’t alone. The amount of medical vocabulary surrounding hearing can make your head spin. Add in a hearing loss, and you aren’t sure if your audiologist said bilateral, binaural, or bimodal. This article will help clarify audiology terms and help you find the right solution for your hearing loss.

The History and Future of Cochlear Implants

Thu, 10 Mar 2022 By Tony Spahr

Hearing is the only sense that can be replicated through a medical device. This is accomplished through electrical stimulation of the auditory (hearing) nerve using a device called a cochlear implant. This life-changing technology has rapidly developed from its humble beginnings of providing basic sound, to helping people live richer and fuller lives through the connections that come with conversation, music, and laughter.

Holiday Gift Guide for Your Teen with Hearing Loss

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 By Cecilia Zugaib

As kids grow, they might become more selective and develop their own personal taste.
This year, to help you with this daunting task, we have asked some teens and young adults with hearing loss what they would recommend. These are some of their ideas.

How to Determine the Cost of a Cochlear Implant for You

Thu, 24 Jun 2021 By Rochelle Wyatt

One of the most commonly asked questions about cochlear implants is about how much they cost. Oftentimes, the assumption is that since hearing aids are so expensive, cochlear implants must be even more so. The assumptions and confusions are also fueled by the fact that finding a straightforward answer to the question is much harder than a simple Google search.

How to choose a cochlear implant if you are a music lover

Wed, 8 Apr 2020 By Michelle Leach

Leo Tolstoy said that “music is the shorthand of emotion.“ Listening to music is a universal experience that requires no shared understanding of words or language, and it can stimulate a full range of emotions such as joy, sadness, fear, excitement, and nostalgia.
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What does a cochlear implant do?

Thu, 9 Jun 2022 By Stephanie Johnson

A cochlear implant (CI) system is a hearing device designed for children and adults with severe or profound hearing loss. It consists of an external part worn on the ear, and an internal part implanted through a surgical procedure. Together, these parts help an individual hear by bypassing their damaged inner ear and stimulating the hearing nerve with tiny pulses of electrical current.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

Thu, 12 Mar 2020 By Julia Biedenstein, MS, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Treatments for hearing loss have come a long way in the past 25 years. But one thing that has not changed is that the two most successful options for treating hearing loss continue to be hearing aids and cochlear implants. These two solutions help people hear in very different ways.

When Cochlear Implants or Hearing Aids Aren't Enough – Remote wireless microphones deliver

Thu, 28 Apr 2022 By Cecilia Zugaib

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are life-changing solutions for people with hearing loss. But as many of those already using these devices will tell you, there are frankly still situations where even these amazing technologies aren’t enough to help them hear and understand speech.