Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Cochlear Implant?

Julio Carr

A cochlear implant is a surgical technique where an electronic device is implanted in your hearing system to take the place of a damaged cochlear (inner ear). If you get a good cochlear implant surgery, it can enable or improve your hearing. Here are some of the factors that mean you are a good cochlear implant candidate:

Hearing Aid Cannot Help

All forms of surgeries have potential complications. This is why surgery is not always the first treatment option if alternative treatments are available. In the case of hearing loss, alternative treatments are available, including the highly successful use of hearing aids. Therefore, a cochlear implant is typically reserved for those who haven't benefited or can benefit from hearing aid. For example, you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant if you have been using hearing aids for some time but you still struggle to hear well.

There Are Medical Contraindications

Some medical conditions may also prevent you from getting or benefiting from a cochlear implant. These may be general medical conditions that prevent you from undergoing any kind of surgery or specific issues with your hearing that make it difficult to benefit from a cochlear implant. For example, any surgery isn't advisable for those with blood pressure problems. When it comes to hearing-specific contraindications, the presence of an active middle ear infection is a fitting example.

The Hearing Defect Is Moderate to Severe

As previously mentioned, any form of surgery (including cochlear implant) has potential risks, which is why surgical interventions are usually reserved for those who really need it. In the case of a cochlear implant, you really only need the surgery if your hearing defect is moderate to severe. This means you may be advised to opt for other coping mechanisms if your hearing impairment is only mild.

The Hearing Loss Is Sensorineural

There are various forms of hearing loss, and a cochlear implant cannot help with all of them. A cochlear implant is only meant to correct sensorineural hearing loss, which is caused by a defect in the inner ear comprising of the cochlea and related organs. Therefore, you may not benefit from the surgery if your hearing loss has an alternative cause.

The Patient is Sufficiently Motivated

Lastly, you should know that you won't come out of the surgical room with perfect hearing after getting a cochlear implant. You need some period to adjust, and you may need help with the adjustment in various forms, including rehabilitation. This means you have a high chance of benefiting from your cochlear implant surgery if you are sufficiently motivated and your environment is suitable for your condition (for example, your family members are supportive).

Contact an ear, nose, and throat center for more information.


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Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

As an elderly care worker, I have witnessed the deaths of many individuals. I have seen family members become angry, sad, and completely silent at the end. I have also seen individuals refuse to see family members out of denial. People deal with death in different ways, and the strong emotions are often unfamiliar and scary. If you have a parent or grandparent who is elderly, then I want to share with you what I know about end of life care and dying process. We are a society that does not talk about death, and this can cause great pain when a family member dies. Learn about the process and find out how to deal with your own emotions and how to love your family members at the end. If there is only a small amount of time left, then I want you to cherish the final moments.