Ear implants and their benefits

Written by: Dra. Virginia Murcia Puchades
Edited by: Top Doctors®

There are three types of implants ear osteointegrados, middle ear and cochlear. Depending on the level of hearing loss and associated problems, the otolaryngologist indicate either. Progress and benefits are substantial, allowing socialization and effective communication.


Ear Implants: What They Are and types

Ear implants are implanted wholly or partly in the ear devices, allowing amplify sound. It is used in people with hearing loss as an alternative to hearing aids or hearing aids. It is indicated in those children or adults who, for various reasons, do not perform well with conventional hearing aids.

There are three types of implants, basically:- Osseointegrated implants

- Middle ear implants

Within the middle ear implants there are also middle ear implants fully implemented without external processor:

- Cochlear Implants


When to use each type of implant

As experts say in Otolaryngology , indication of the type of implant will depend mainly on the type of hearing loss and the presence or absence of associated problems, such as chronic otitis, tympanic perforation, lack of permeability through ... preventing the proper use of conventional prostheses.


How the implants are placed

Ear implants always require surgery. In some of them, such as bone anchored type Baha technique it is not complicated and the operation can be performed on an outpatient basis without hospitalization.


Benefits and disadvantages of hearing implants. recommendations

As a first step in all patients with hearing problems, the best choice will be the medical treatment or, alternatively, reconstructive ear surgery, which will allow restoring hearing without implants or prostheses.

When this is not possible, by affecting the nerve or very poor condition of the middle ear, indicate the adaptation of conventional prostheses (hearing aids) and in case of getting poor performance with the same or inability to use, is indicated implantation.

The benefits of ear implants, therefore, are substantial, because they allow to get a good hearing in those cases where other methods fail. In addition, another benefit is being able to perform them regardless of age, and that can take you from the youngest to the elderly.


Progress of patients with ear implants

Ear implants have allowed patients with significant hearing problems that previously could not solve are no longer isolated and can communicate with their environment effectively.They allow a perfect social and educational integration of children born with profound hearing loss, achieving a normal language development and allowing proper learning. Before this breakthrough in the implants caused them sordomudez hearing loss, with huge consequences thereof.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Virginia Murcia Puchades

Dr. Murcia Puchades is a recognized otolaryngologist with more than 20 years of experience in the profession. She is the director of Clínica Otológica Murcia since 1992 and is also a specialist in the Otorhinolaryngology department of the Dr. Peset University Hospital . She is also a surgeon of the osseointegrated, middle ear and cochlear implant team, and is responsible for the Audiology Unit of the ENT Service, as well as the coordinator of the early detection program for childhood deafness in the same hospital. She is the co-author of numerous articles on her specialty in national and international scientific journals.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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