FAQs about Cochlear Implants

  • How do people hear?
  • How does a cochlear implant work?
  • What are cochlear implants made of?
  • What is the difference between a hearing aid and a cochlear implant?
  • Do I / Does my child need a cochlear implant?
  • Is my child too young to receive a cochlear implant?
  • I am 75 years old, am I too old for a cochlear implant?
  • I have severe hearing loss in both ears; do I need one or two implants?
  • How do I get a cochlear implant?
  • What are the tests needed to determine if I or my child needs a cochlear implant?
  • What is an audiogram?
  • How safe is the cochlear implant surgery?
  • How long will the implant surgery last?
  • How does Electric Acoustic Stimulation (EAS) work?
  • Will my implant be affected by metal detectors or screeners?
  • Will my child be able to live an active lifestyle and participate in sports with a cochlear implant?
  • Can I undergo X-ray, CT Scan or MRI even if I have an implant?
  • Can I use mobile phones with my audio processor?
  • Can I use an FM System with my audio processor?
  • Can I connect with telecoil systems with my audio processor?
  • I am using another brand of cochlear implant on one side, can I have a MED-EL implant on the other side?

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