Cochlear Implants – The Gift of Hearing

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Making The Most of New Technology

Since 1992, Dr. Thedinger and the cochlear implant team at Ear Specialists of Omaha  have been helping children and adults with severe to profound hearing loss. Over 300 adults and children have received a cochlear implant at Ear Specialists of Omaha. Our center provides the latest implant technologies and makes the evaluation process concise and easy. We tailor each patient’s needs to any of the three implants available. Our center offers implants from either Cochlear, Med-El , or Advanced Bionics Corporations.

A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard-of-hearing in one or both ears. FDA-approved since 1985 for adults and since 1990 for children, the implant is an excellent choice when conventional hearing aids can’t solve the problem.

Cochlear implants are designed to compensate for the damaged cells, helping to restore your ability to perceive and understand sounds. A cochlear implant works by bypassing the damaged part of the ear and sending sound signals directly to the hearing nerve.

Children and adults who are deaf or severely hard-of-hearing can be fitted for cochlear implants. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as of April 2009, approximately 188,000 people worldwide have received implants. In the United States, roughly 41,500 adults and 25,500 children have received them.