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Dr. Kirsta Herder- Cochlear Implants

In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Kirsta Herder discusses cochlear implants.

Cochlear implants are recommended for children and adults when hearing aids don’t work anymore or in cases of total deafness. Cochlear implants have been around for more than 30 years. In that time, the candidacy for them has changed, so more and more people are candidates for them now. What’s even better is that they’re typically covered by insurance. So there’s electrodes that are surgically placed in the inner ear. And there’s an external processor that’s worn that helps to pick up the sound, and they’re connected by a magnet. So then auditory rehabilitation is a really big part of learning to hear again. The amount of time for auditory rehabilitation can really vary given an individual’s hearing history. The average time is 6-12 months.

A speech language pathologist can also be involved, especially in instances of a child who had never heard before and is learning to talk for the first time.

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