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Why We Love Our Cochlear Battery: Changing the Lives of Hearing-Impaired Kids!

by rayovac11, March 2013

In recent years, cochlear implants have become more common for infants and toddlers who are experiencing moderate to severe hearing loss. As a company that manufactures the cochlear battery, we have successfully stayed on the forefront of progress regarding this technology. It’s been amazing, and we’re proud to power it.

Cochlear implants are very different from hearing aids. First off, they do not amplify sound. Instead they bypass the damaged anatomy in the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. The results can be phenomenal, but can vary from person to person. Just imagine going from near deaf to hearing in a matter of weeks.

Speech, language, and social skills are deeply interwoven and strongly related to hearing. When a child can hear well, the brain normally develops these skills organically, weaving billions of pieces of auditory input into basic skills we all use. Of course, kids with severe hearing impairment find other routes to develop these skills, but it’s a climb, rather than a cruise, for many of them.

Children as young as 12 months of age can undergo cochlear implant surgery. It generally takes between two and five hours and the benefits of the surgery will begin to arrive four to six weeks later. Though not every child is a candidate. If a child can benefit from a hearing aid, for example, that child is unlikely to qualify for a cochlear implant. Pediatric audiologists conduct the assessments to determine who qualifies. More...

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