Cochlear implants are medical devices that provide sound amplification to people with severe to profound hearing loss. They are usually recommended for patients whose hearing loss is too severe to be treated with hearing aids.
Cochlear implants are medical devices that provide sound amplification to people with severe to profound hearing loss. They are usually recommended for patients whose hearing loss is too severe to be treated with hearing aids. These devices require a thorough consultation process to determine if they are the right fit for a patient, and programming to ensure they are functioning optimally.
Cochlear Implant Programming (Mapping)
Cochlear implant programming is the process of adjusting the device's programming to ensure optimal speech understanding. Programming is typically done a few weeks after surgery, once the surgical site has healed. During programming, the audiologist adjusts the device using programming software to match a patient's specific hearing loss.
Programming is a collaborative process between the audiologist and patient. Patients must provide feedback on how they perceive different sounds. Utilizing various tests and patients feedback, our audiologist will adjust the settings accordingly. The goal of programming is to provide patients with the best possible hearing experience, and it is a process that can take several appointments to complete.
Importance of Follow-Up Appointments
After the initial programming is complete, follow-up appointments are essential to ensure the device is functioning correctly. Patients must have their device checked regularly to ensure the device is working as it should. Follow-up appointments also provide an opportunity for the audiologist to make any necessary adjustments to the device's programming.
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