The operation requires general anaesthesia.
Once the surgery is over, the patient is transferred to the recovery unit until they are discharged a few hours later, or the following day. Before leaving the hospital, a healthcare professional will explain the care you should follow and how to continue your recovery at home.
Approximately one week later, a follow-up visit takes place and the surgeon checks how you are progressing.
Between 1 month and 2 months after surgery, activation takes place.
During the first two months after activation, you have to visit your doctor regularly for possible adjustments to the programming of your implant. You will also have to visit a speech therapist to work on improving communication.
The insertion of a cochlear implant is considered a routine operation for a surgeon specialising in otolaryngology or audiology. Like any surgical operation, it is not without risk, but it is a simple procedure requiring only a small incision of 4 to 5 cm behind the ear.
Many factors influence the outcome of a cochlear implant procedure. Today, thanks to constant advances in audiological technology, choosing a cochlear implant is an excellent way of remedying profound deafness and moderate to severe hearing loss. The most common risk factors are:
Depending on whether the implant is placed in one or both ears, it is referred to as a unilateral or bilateral cochlear implant. In both cases, the decision will be based on whether the deafness is unilateral or bilateral, and on the patient's day-to-day needs.
There are several types of cochlear implant, depending on the nature of the patient's hearing loss. The most common implants are:
Before a cochlear implant is fitted, preliminary clinical examinations are necessary to assess your eligibility. These include: