About hearing implants

A hearing implant usually consists of two parts, the internal part which is implanted during an operation, and an external part. Here we explain the main types on offer.

For those who struggle to hear with conventional hearing aids, an auditory (or hearing) implant may be able to help. A hearing implant usually consists of two parts, the internal part which is implanted during an operation, and an external part. The main types of auditory implants are as follows:

 

Cochlear implant

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A cochlear implant might help if

Middle ear implant

Middle Ear Implant

A middle ear implant might help if

Bone anchored hearing aid

Bone anchored hearing aid

A bone anchored implant might help if

What does implantation involve?

Hearing implantation involves an operation. Adults are usually home the same day, children the next day. Usually after 3 or 4 weeks, when the ear has healed, you go to the implant programme to be given the external part (called a processor). An Audiologist will programme this individually for you. For middle ear and bone anchored implants, this is may be quicker to set up than for cochlear implants, which can take several visits.  You may also need rehabilitation support depending on the extent of your hearing loss, in order to help you learn to use the implant and get the most from it. Very young children need help to learn to hear speech and learn language. You need to be committed to attending appointments and using your implant regularly in order to get the most out of it. People with hearing implants often require an annual check-up.