Ensuring a Hearing Future
At MED-EL, we believe the preservation of the delicate hearing structures of the cochlea is essential for all cochlear implant recipients, for two primary reasons.
First, the preservation of hearing structures in the cochlea is critical for recipients to benefit from future therapies and technologies. Such therapies and hearing solutions will likely be more successful in a cochlea where the neural structures have been preserved.
Secondly, many individuals with hearing loss may still be able to hear certain low frequency sounds—referred to as residual hearing. It is vitally important to preserve the hearing structures during cochlear implant surgery, as it enables the individual to use their residual natural hearing. Being able to use this natural hearing in combination with a cochlear implant provides the recipient with the best possible hearing experience.
Therefore, the preservation of hearing structures during a cochlear implant procedure is necessary for optimal hearing performance, both now and in the future.